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Spatial Assessment of Water-Related Ecosystem Services to Prioritize Restoration of Forest Patches

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Cassiano, Carla Cristina [1] ; de Barros Ferraz, Silvio Frosini [1] ; Molin, Paulo Guilherme [1] ; Voigtlaender, Maureen [1] ; Paschoaletto Micchi de Barros Ferraz, Katia Maria [1]
Total Authors: 5
[1] Univ Sao Paulo, Escola Super Agr Luiz de Queiroz, Dept Ciencias Florestais, BR-13418900 Piracicaba, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 1
Document type: Journal article
Source: NATUREZA & CONSERVAÇÃO; v. 11, n. 2, p. 176-180, DEC 2013.
Web of Science Citations: 1

Forests provide several ecosystem services and its presence near streams can increase water quality and quantity. In human-dominated landscapes such as agricultural lands, the forests are usually limited to a few patches. To improve the protection of water ways in these areas, we propose a methodological framework to: (i) assess the contribution of water-related ecosystem services offered by the present forest vegetation in the landscape, and (ii) prioritize areas for recovery and restoration actions. The methodology is based on a balance between local demand (physical variables) and supply (forest characteristics) of water-related services. This balance has the advantage of showing the amount of forest that currently has potential to provide services and the areas with higher deficit of services. Although this method still needs to be validated, its simplicity and easy replicability makes our methodology a rapid assessment of forest potential to provide water-related ecosystem services within agricultural areas. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 10/13627-3 - The role of forest remnants in the maintenance of water quality in agricultural watersheds
Grantee:Carla Cristina Cassiano
Support type: Scholarships in Brazil - Master
FAPESP's process: 11/06782-5 - Multi-scale assessment of environmental impacts in agricultural landscape
Grantee:Katia Maria Paschoaletto Micchi de Barros Ferraz
Support type: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 11/19767-4 - The role of forest fragments in controlling water quality and ecosystem functioning of streams draining agricultural catchments
Grantee:Silvio Frosini de Barros Ferraz
Support type: Regular Research Grants