The Usumacinta floodplain is an exceptional area for biodiversity with important ecosystem services for local people. The main objective of this paper was to estimate reference values and define local perceptions of ecosystem services provided by wetlands and overlapping them with spatially explicit socioeconomic and biodiversity indicators. We used the Usumacinta floodplain as an example of a territory where high dependence of rural people on ecosystem services is confronted with development projects that threat the flow of ecosystem services, thus affecting rural people well-being. With a combination of data from remote sensing, global databases of ecosystem service values, local perception of ecosystem services and socioeconomic and biodiversity richness indicators in a spatially explicit framework, we develop a policy-oriented approach for rapid assessment to manage wetlands and maintain people's livelihoods. Regulating and provisioning services are identified as the most relevant ecosystem services in terms of their monetary value and local perceived importance. In a spatially explicit manner, this approach highlights the most valuable wetlands and identifies rural societies that are highly dependent on ecosystem services. Our approach can be replicated elsewhere and could provide valuable information for policymakers to design policies that can contribute to conserve wetland ecosystems where under threat of development.
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Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This research was funded by the Federal Electricity Commission of Mexico (Grant number 146006). It was awarded to Rocío Rodiles-Hernández at El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
This research was funded by the Federal Electricity Commission of Mexico (Grant number 146006). It was awarded to Roc?o Rodiles-Hern?ndez at El Colegio de la Frontera Sur (ECOSUR). The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.
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- Ecosystem services
- Local perception
- Spatial analysis
- Usumacinta floodplain
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Neuroscience (all)
- Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (all)
- Agricultural and Biological Sciences (all)