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IDENTIFICATION OF URBAN WATER BODIES ECOSYSTEM SERVICES
 
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AGH University of Science and Technology
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University of Agriculture in Krakow
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Mateusz Jakubiak   

AGH University of Science and Technology
Submission date: 2020-11-25
Final revision date: 2020-12-22
Acceptance date: 2020-12-23
Publication date: 2021-02-02
 
Acta Sci. Pol. Formatio Circumiectus 2020;19(3):73–82
 
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Aim of the study The aim of the research is an analysis of the ecosystem services concept in context of urban water bodies. The identification of final ecosystem services and the goods and benefits of urban aquatic ecosystems is presented as a result of the study. Material and methods The study of the ecosystem services concept development was based on the literature review. Water ecosystems were analyzed in terms of their ecosystem services, that can be assigned to individual classes listed in CICES V5.1. The next step of the analysis was to consider which of the identified ecosystem services of water ecosystems were also provided by urban water bodies. The results of the analysis were divided into biotic and abiotic services in three basic divisions: provisioning, regulation & maintenance, cultural services. Due to the specificity of CESIS classification, examples of both, final ecosystem services and ecosystem goods and benefits, were assigned to each class code. The analysis was made taking into account the Polish conditions. Results and conclusions The 26 biotic and 12 abiotic classes of ecosystem services provided by urban water bodies were identified in the analysis. Cultural services of the urban water bodies seem to be the most important for the daily life of city residents. The demand for urban water bodies ecosystems services grows together with the development of social awareness. Social expectations should be reflected in the decisions and actions taken by town planners and policy makers.
ISSN:1644-0765