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Assessing the value of the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) in Everglades restoration: an ecosystem service approach

September 26, 2014

This study identifies a full range of ecosystem services that could be affected by a restoration project in the central Everglades and monetizes the economic value of a subset of these services using existing data. Findings suggest that the project will potentially increase many ecosystem services that have considerable economic value to society. The ecosystem services monetized within the scope of this study are a subset of the difference between the future-with the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) and the future-without CEPP, and they totaled ~ $1.8 billion USD at a 2.5% discount rate. Findings suggest that the use of ecosystem services in project planning and communications may require acknowledgment of the difficulty of monetizing important services and the limitations associated with using only existing data and models. Results of this study highlight the need for additional valuation efforts in this region, focused on those services that are likely to be impacted by restoration activities but were notably challenging to value in this assessment due to shortages of data.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2014
Title Assessing the value of the Central Everglades Planning Project (CEPP) in Everglades restoration: an ecosystem service approach
DOI 10.1016/j.ecolecon.2014.09.011
Authors Leslie A. Richardson, Kelly Keefe, Christopher C. Huber, Laila Racevskis, Reynolds Gregg, Scott Thourot, Ian Miller
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Ecological Economics
Series Number
Index ID 70127155
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization Fort Collins Science Center