Studying the historical evolution of ecosystem services to inform management policies for developed shorelines

Aarón M. Santana-Cordero, Eduard Ariza, Francesc Romagosa

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© 2016 Elsevier Ltd. Coastal areas of developed countries have been altered by human activities, especially since the mid-20th century. This has notably affected the flow of ecosystem services that these environments provide. In this context, this paper's research has focused on the historical evolution of socio-ecological dynamics and ecosystem services in a Mediterranean coastal landscape, characterized by the intense development of recent decades and the high biodiversity value. Qualitative and quantitative data were gathered and analyzed through different methods (document and spatial analysis, statistical treatment). Results show the long history of many ecosystem services (increase/decrease in food provisioning, stabilization/decline of regulating services and no use/intense use of cultural services) and their decline in recent decades due to industrial and residential development (which expanded from 1.7 to 47.5%). To overcome this situation, this paper discusses the current state of ecosystem services and conservation tasks carried out and how the results of the research can be included in the different elements of the governance of shoreline areas.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-29
JournalEnvironmental Science and Policy
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2016


  • Beach-dune system
  • Coniferous forest
  • Ecosystem services
  • Historical analysis
  • Llobregat delta
  • Wetland


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