CICES Going Local: Ecosystem Services Classification Adapted for a Highly Populated Country

Francis Turkelboom, Perrine Raquez, Marc Dufrêne, Leander Raes, Ilse Simoens, Sander Jacobs, Maarten Stevens, Rik De Vreese, Jeroen A.E. Panis, Martin Hermy, Marijke Thoonen, Inge Liekens, Corentin Fontaine, Nicolas Dendoncker, Katrien van der Biest, Jim Casaer, Hilde Heyrman, Linda Meiresonne, Hans Keune

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Multiple classification systems for ecosystem services (ES) make comparison and integration between studies and assessments very difficult. With the fast-growing number of ecosystem services assessment and valuation studies, there is a need to identify generally agreed definitions and to design a common base that will enable comparisons between ecosystem services assessments at different places. The recently developed Common International Classification for Ecosystem Services (CICES) is aiming to fill this gap. One advantage of the CICES approach is that it allows adjustment to local conditions. Through an iterative consultation round with Belgian experts from administrations, policy support units, and research centers CICES has been adapted to the needs of a highly populated country, where multifunctional land use is very common. The goal of CICES-Be is to introduce a common reference base for ecosystem services in Belgium, which is locally adapted and compatible with an international standard. © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEcosystem Services: Global Issues, Local Practices
EditorsSander Jacobs, Nicolas Dendoncker, Hans Keune
Place of PublicationBoston
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages25
ISBN (Print)978-0-12-419964-4
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013


  • Belgium
  • Cascade
  • Classification
  • Definitions
  • Ecosystem services
  • Local adaptation

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