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Ecosystem service maps of Coromandel estuaries / prepared by: M Townsend (National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research Ltd) for: Waikato Regional Council.

By: Townsend, Michael, 1980- [author.].
Contributor(s): Waikato (N.Z.). Regional Council (2011- ) [issuing body.] | National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (N.Z.).
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Waikato Regional Council technical report (2011): 2017/37.Publisher: Hamilton [New Zealand] : Waikato Regional Council, 2017.Description: 1 online resource : colour illustrations.Subject(s): ECOSYSTEM SERVICES | COROMANDEL PENINSULA | TAIRUA | WHANGAMATA | NEW ZEALAND | VEGETATION MAPPING | WETLAND MAPPING | ESTUARIES | HARBOURS | AQUATIC ECOLOGY | COASTAL ECOLOGY | INTERTIDAL ECOLOGYHoldings: ELECTRONIC Online resources: Waikato Regional Council website | NIWA document server | Ecosystem service maps of Coromandel estuaries National Digital Heritage Archive Open Access Summary: Estuaries provide a range of valuable ‘ecosystem services’ for humans such as food provision, water filtration, nutrient regulation and storm protection. The Waikato Regional Policy Statement (2016) identifies the importance of recognising and maintaining or enhancing ecosystem services. This study describes the development of ecosystem service maps for Waikato estuaries, and builds upon previous work that mapped intertidal habitats (i.e. the type of plant and animal communities). The habitat types are linked to different ecosystem services using a matrix approach. For example, seagrass beds provide primary production, habitat structure and retain and stabilise sediment, while cockle beds provide food, sequester carbon, and process and store nutrients. The ecosystem service maps can be used to understand which parts of our estuaries are important for different ecosystem services and for communicating the value of these important ecosystems to our stakeholders.
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Peer reviewed by: Hannah Jones, Date November 2017.

Approved for release by: Dominique Noiton, Date January 2018.

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Estuaries provide a range of valuable ‘ecosystem services’ for humans such as food provision, water filtration, nutrient regulation and storm protection.
The Waikato Regional Policy Statement (2016) identifies the importance of recognising and maintaining or enhancing ecosystem services. This study describes the development of ecosystem service maps for Waikato estuaries, and builds upon previous work that mapped intertidal habitats (i.e. the type of plant and animal communities).
The habitat types are linked to different ecosystem services using a matrix approach. For example, seagrass beds provide primary production, habitat structure and retain and stabilise sediment, while cockle beds provide food, sequester carbon, and process and store nutrients.
The ecosystem service maps can be used to understand which parts of our estuaries are important for different ecosystem services and for communicating the value of these important ecosystems to our stakeholders.

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