Journal of Resources and Ecology ›› 2011, Vol. 2 ›› Issue (4): 298-306.DOI: 10.3969/j.issn.1674-764x.2011.04.002

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Consumption of Ecosystem Services: A Conceptual Framework and Case Study in Jinghe Watershed

ZHEN Lin1, LIU Xuelin1,2, WEI Yunjie1,2, YANG Li1,2, LONG Xin1,2, DU Bingzhen1,3, LI Fen4, CAO Xiaochang1,2   

  1. 1. Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research, CAS, Beijing 100101, China;
    2. Graduate University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China;
    3. Wageningen University and Research centre, Wageningen 6700 HB, the Netherlands;
    4. Beijing R & D Centre, Shenzhen Institute of Building Research Co. Ltd., Beijing 100044, China
  • Received:2011-06-21 Revised:2011-08-22 Online:2011-12-30 Published:2011-12-22
  • Supported by:

    National Basic Research Program of China (2009CB421106), the Knowledge Innovation Program of CAS (KZCX2-EW-306), Special Funds for Sino-EU Cooperation of MOST (0813) and National Key Project of Science and Technical Supporting Programs of China (2008BAK50B05).

Abstract: The global ecosystem is changing due to human and natural causes, and only the human aspects of this interaction are within our control. This paper provides a critical analysis of the interactions between humans and the ecosystem in terms of the human consumption of ecosystem services to maintain a comfortable lifestyle. It starts by reviewing human consumption of ecosystem services, and then develops a conceptual framework that links ecosystem services with consumption of these services and ecosystem management to construct a general functional model of the factors that affect the consumption of ecosystem services. A case study is introduced to show how the model can be used to provide specific assessments of patterns of direct human consumption of ecosystem services in China's Jinghe watershed.

Key words: ecosystem service consumption, conceptual framework, utility function, Jinghe watershed of China