Ecosystem services in infrastructure planning – a case study of the projected deepening of the Lower Weser river in Germany

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T1 - Ecosystem services in infrastructure planning – a case study of the projected deepening of the Lower Weser river in Germany

AU - Droste, Nils

AU - Meya, Jasper N.

PY - 2016/5/16

Y1 - 2016/5/16

N2 - We consider how ecosystem services can be incorporated into water infrastructureplanning by studying the projected deepening of the Lower Weser river channel inGermany. We recalculate the project’s benefitcost ratio by integrating the monetaryvalue of changes in different ecosystem services, as follows: (1) the restoration costsof a mitigation measure for a loss in fresh water supply for agricultural production inthe estuary region, (2) the costs of a loss in habitat services, transferring thewillingness to pay from a contingent valuation study to the area assessed in theenvironmental impact assessment, and (3) the benefits of emissions savings inducedby more efficient shipping, taking a marginal abatement cost approach. We find thatincluding monetary values for ecosystem service changes leads to a substantial drop inthe benefitcost ratio. On this basis, we argue for a reform of the standardcostbenefit analysis to facilitate more complete welfare assessments.

AB - We consider how ecosystem services can be incorporated into water infrastructureplanning by studying the projected deepening of the Lower Weser river channel inGermany. We recalculate the project’s benefitcost ratio by integrating the monetaryvalue of changes in different ecosystem services, as follows: (1) the restoration costsof a mitigation measure for a loss in fresh water supply for agricultural production inthe estuary region, (2) the costs of a loss in habitat services, transferring thewillingness to pay from a contingent valuation study to the area assessed in theenvironmental impact assessment, and (3) the benefits of emissions savings inducedby more efficient shipping, taking a marginal abatement cost approach. We find thatincluding monetary values for ecosystem service changes leads to a substantial drop inthe benefitcost ratio. On this basis, we argue for a reform of the standardcostbenefit analysis to facilitate more complete welfare assessments.

U2 - 10.1080/09640568.2016.1151405

DO - 10.1080/09640568.2016.1151405

M3 - Article

VL - 60

SP - 231

EP - 248

JO - Journal of Environmental Planning and Management

T2 - Journal of Environmental Planning and Management

JF - Journal of Environmental Planning and Management

SN - 1360-0559

IS - 2

ER -