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An Overview of Ecosystem Service Studies in a Tropical Biodiversity Hotspot, Sri Lanka: Key Perspectives for Future Research

Version 1 : Received: 11 March 2021 / Approved: 12 March 2021 / Online: 12 March 2021 (20:41:59 CET)

How to cite: Sarathchandra, C.; Abebe, Y.A.; Wijerathne, I.L.; Aluthwattha, S.T.; Ouyang, Z. An Overview of Ecosystem Service Studies in a Tropical Biodiversity Hotspot, Sri Lanka: Key Perspectives for Future Research. Preprints 2021, 2021030355 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202103.0355.v1). Sarathchandra, C.; Abebe, Y.A.; Wijerathne, I.L.; Aluthwattha, S.T.; Ouyang, Z. An Overview of Ecosystem Service Studies in a Tropical Biodiversity Hotspot, Sri Lanka: Key Perspectives for Future Research. Preprints 2021, 2021030355 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202103.0355.v1).

Abstract

Tropical island countries are often highly populated and deliver immense ecosystem service benefits. As human wellbeing depends on these ecosystems proper management is crucial in the resource-rich tropical lands where related research is less. Though the ecosystem service and biodiversity studies are a promising path to inform the ecosystem management for these mostly developing countries published evidence of using ecosystem service studies in decision-making is lacking. The purpose of this study is to provide an overview of ecosystem services and related research in Sri Lanka examining trends and gaps and how these studies are conceptualized. Out of considered 139 peer-reviewed articles majority of articles 42.4% were terrestrial and forest related while coastal ecosystems were considered in 34.5% of studies. In most studies, the ecosystem service category was provisioning (33.8%) followed by regulatory service (30.9%). Studies investigating and quantifying ecosystem services, pressures on ecosystems, and their management were fewer compared to studies related to biodiversity or species introduction. Moreover, studies investigating the value of ecosystem services and biodiversity to the communities or involvement of stakeholders in the development of management actions regarding the ecosystem services were rare in Sri Lanka and intense focus of future studies in these aspects are timely and necessary.

Subject Areas

Ecosystem services; Biodiversity hotspot; Sri Lanka; Forest; coastal ecosystems; management; policy

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