Vol. 75 No. 2 (2020)
Saggi e Ricerche

Poorer, but richer. An ecosystem services account for Campania, Calabria and Sicily

Alessandra La Notte
European Commission - Joint Research Centre - Italy
Joachim Maes
European Commission - Joint Research Centre - Italy
Sara Vallecillo
European Commission - Joint Research Centre - Italy
Published September 24, 2020
Keywords
  • ecosystem,
  • ecosystem services,
  • natural capital accounting
How to Cite
La Notte, A., Maes, J., & Vallecillo, S. (2020). Poorer, but richer. An ecosystem services account for Campania, Calabria and Sicily. Italian Review of Agricultural Economics, 75(2), 3-12. https://doi.org/10.13128/rea-12066

Abstract

Ecosystems deliver value to people and the economy through ecosystem services. The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission has quantified the use of ecosystem services by the main economic sectors and households at EU level. In this paper, we downscaled the extraction of six ecosystem services for three Southern Italy regions in 2012: Campania, Calabria and Sicily. The results show that these regions, that result poorer than the rest of Italy according to a GDP-based indicator, generate higher flows of ecosystem services compared to the national average. The results should be considered as conservative, as many important ecosystem services are unaccounted. This kind of assessment can be useful for a wide range of polices targeting climate change, biodiversity and sustainable agriculture.

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