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Approaches to Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Assessment in Belarus

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Purpose—Sustainable economic development requires consideration of economic, social and environmental factors. Since the last decade of the twentieth century, there has been a demand for statistical data reflecting the state of the natural environment and the impact on it of human society. At the same time, statistics are required that reflect the impact of ecosystems on the economy. Due to human activities there is an increasing uncertainty about the amount of environmental assets that are currently available in any country. The goal of the work is to consider the world trends in the definition of ecosystem services, their evaluation and accounting, and implementation of ecosystem services in the Republic of Belarus. Design/methodology/approach—Descriptions of trends related to quantifying the natural resources in EC countries and worldwide are provided. Comparative study of Belarus approaches to implementation of the best ecological practices was developed. Findings—Belarus has some unique practices in the field of ecosystem services management, which also may be analyzed and disseminated as good practices of ecosystem accounting and management, including forest resources management related with wild medical plants, berries and mushrooms, as well as cultivation of lands contaminated with radionuclides after Chernobyl disaster and monitoring of radioactive contamination and biodiversity, especially related with cross-boarder contamination between Belarus, Russia and Ukraine. Originality/value—The comprehensive analysis of modern tendencies in natural capital and ecosystem services assessment and biodiversity was suggested.




Zenchanka, S., & Gorbatchev, N. (2019). Approaches to Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Assessment in Belarus. In Climate Change Management (pp. 61–78). Springer.

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