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Understanding of the value of the Ecosystem services for more sustainable water strategy: A case study of Water quality of the Lake Vänern in Kristinehamn Municipality
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Department of Water and Environmental Studies. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Natural resources management is one of the world‟s greatest concerns. It is a difficult task due to its complex nature. Natural resources are limited and scarce. Unfortunately and worst of all, they are under pressure, and stress due to unprecedented increase in their demand and inefficient use. But it is still possible to tackle this complex problem. This study focuses on understanding the value of the ecosystem services that human well-being depend on, as for more sustainable environment strategy on aquatic ecosystems management, such as lakes and rivers. Changing behavior and attitude can be a crucial complement and likely can stimulate our conscious effort towards saving our ecosystems beyond money contribution. This way of thinking seems to be overlooked and most people think that the development of technology and advancement in knowledge alone can provide solution. One way to overcome the problem of pressure and stressing of the environment is to develop adequate strategy and environmental policy. This policy should include economics measures where, when necessary and feasible. Since there are "no one solution and no one answer" to achieve the desired outcome of a sustainable future, it becomes necessary to adopt a multidisciplinary approach to environmental management and the understanding of the value and dynamism change of the ecosystem services. Adoption of efficient management is not enough; we have to adjust our attitude as well. To discuss this issue, the aquatic ecosystem, which the lake Vänern in Kristinehamn Municipality served as a case study.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 48 p.
Keyword [en]
Aquatic ecosystem, behavior and attitude, economic value, ecosystems services, Lake Vänern, Kristinehamn Municipality.
National Category
Natural Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-75036ISRN: LIU-TEMAV/MPSSD-A--11/002--SEOAI: diva2:502641
Subject / course
Master´s in Science for Sustainable Development
, Linköping (English)
Life Earth Science
Available from: 2012-02-15 Created: 2012-02-14 Last updated: 2012-02-15Bibliographically approved

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