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Title (Primary) Ecosystem services in infrastructure planning – a case study of the projected deepening of the Lower Weser river in Germany
Author Droste, N.; Meya, J.N.
Journal Journal of Environmental Planning and Management
Year 2017
Department OEKON
Volume 60
Issue 2
Page From 231
Page To 248
Language englisch
Keywords ecosystem services; cost–benefit analysis; infrastructure planning; river deepening; Weser estuary
UFZ wide themes RU6;
Abstract We consider how ecosystem services can be incorporated into water infrastructure planning by studying the projected deepening of the Lower Weser river channel in Germany. We recalculate the project's benefit–cost ratio by integrating the monetary value of changes in different ecosystem services, as follows: (1) the restoration costs of a mitigation measure for a loss in fresh water supply for agricultural production in the estuary region, (2) the costs of a loss in habitat services, transferring the willingness to pay from a contingent valuation study to the area assessed in the environmental impact assessment, and (3) the benefits of emissions savings induced by more efficient shipping, taking a marginal abatement cost approach. We find that including monetary values for ecosystem service changes leads to a substantial drop in the benefit–cost ratio. On this basis, we argue for a reform of the standard cost–benefit analysis to facilitate more complete welfare assessments.
Persistent UFZ Identifier https://www.ufz.de/index.php?en=20939&ufzPublicationIdentifier=17439
Droste, N., Meya, J.N. (2017):
Ecosystem services in infrastructure planning – a case study of the projected deepening of the Lower Weser river in Germany
J. Environ. Plan. Manag. 60 (2), 231 - 248