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This chapter describes methods, challenges, and prospects involved in the evaluation of linkages among ecosystem services, land use, and economic values. It begins with a discussion of current research devoted to the analysis, quantification, and valuation of ecosystem services related to land use. This is followed by a review of relationships between methods used for these analyses and the accuracy, precision, and relevance of empirical results. The chapter concludes with two illustrative applications that elucidate some of the challenges faced when linking ecosystem services to land use, as well as the use of resulting information to guide policy. The first application outlines the use of a bioeconomic model to inform land use controls based on ecosystem service provision. The second application illustrates potential mechanisms to incorporate ecosystem service values into landowner choices through the development of prospective payments for ecosystem services.
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