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Direct use values of climate-dependent ecosystem services in Isiolo County, Kenya

This research builds a profile of the current direct use values of ecosystem services in the economy of Isiolo County. Particular consideration is given to climate-sensitive service values achieved per cubic metre of water, in addition to values per unit of land under pastoral rangeland and other uses. Higher direct use values were observed per cubic metre of water for domestic uses and livestock water provisioning than for irrigated agricultural uses and tourism. Other dimensions of value that can supplement these direct-use values are identified through a Total Economic Valuation (TEV) approach. These findings highlight the need for an iterative public debate to refine the assignment of values to ecosystem services and enable cost benefit analysis by decision-makers.

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King-Okumu, C, Wasonga, OV, Jarso, I, and Salah, YMS (2016) Direct use values of climate-dependent ecosystem services in Isiolo County. IIED, London.

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