Mapping and assessing ecosystem services for sustainable policy and decision-making in Eritrea

  • The mapping and assessment of ecosystems and their services (MAES) is key to inform sustainable policy and decision-making at national and sub-national levels. Responding to the paucity of research in sub-Saharan Africa, we conduct a pilot study for Eritrea that aims to map and assess the temporal dynamics of key ecosystems and their services. We reviewed policy and legal documents, analyzed land cover changes and estimated the potential for ecosystem services supply through an expert-based matrix approach. Our results showed that from 2015 to 2019, the potential supply of the ecosystem services analyzed (e.g., crop provisioning, water supply and recreation) increased, with the exception of wood supply. Overall, our study presents policy-relevant insights as to where to conserve, develop, or restore ecosystem services supply in Eritrea. Our approach is transferable to similar data scarce contexts and can thereby support policies toward more sustainable land development for people and nature.

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Author:Blal Adem EsmailORCiDGND, Chiara CortinovisGND, Jingxia WangORCiDGND, Davide GenelettiORCiDGND, Christian AlbertORCiDGND
Parent Title (German):Ambio
Publisher:Springer Nature
Place of publication:Berlin
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2024/04/22
Date of first Publication:2023/03/18
Publishing Institution:Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Universitätsbibliothek
Tag:East Africa; Global Copernicus Land cover IPBES; Land cover change analysis; Matrix approach; SEEA-EA
First Page:1022
Last Page:1039
Dieser Beitrag ist auf Grund des DEAL-Springer-Vertrages frei zugänglich.
Institutes/Facilities:Geographisches Institut
Dewey Decimal Classification:Naturwissenschaften und Mathematik / Geowissenschaften, Geologie
open_access (DINI-Set):open_access
faculties:Fakultät für Geowissenschaften
Licence (English):License LogoCreative Commons - CC BY 4.0 - Attribution 4.0 International