О. А. Chernova. Ecosystem Services of Water Bodies in Ensuring Sustainable Development of the Region

UDК 502:338:332.1

DOI: 10.15507/2413-1407.120.030.202203.586-601


Introduction. A necessary condition for the sustainable development of the region is the rational use of its water bodies. This determines the relevance of the study of the extent to which the water bodies of the region meet the needs of human and economic development. The purpose of this article is the formation of tools for assessing the level of compliance of ecosystem services of surface water bodies with the objectives of sustainable development of the region.

Materials and Methods. The assessment of ecosystem services potential of water bodies was carried out in the areas of their provision: supply, regulation and cultural. With help of a problem-oriented approach the selection of evaluation indicators was done; using a context-oriented approach, a characteristic of the ecosystem services of water bodies in the Rostov region was given and an assessment of the compliance of ecosystem services with the goals of sustainable development was made.

Results. A system of indicators for assessing the potential of ecosystem services of water bodies has been formed; indicators of compliance of ecosystem services of water bodies of the Rostov region with the goals of sustainable development have been determined; the priority of the implementation of regulatory and supply services over cultural ones is revealed; the need to adjust the existing policy for the development of the region’s water management has been justified.

Discussion and Conclusion. It is concluded that measures aimed to obtain economic benefits from water resources should not be carried out by reducing recreational and cultural potential. Sustainable regional development presupposes the necessity to balance economic, social and ecological values that water bodies carry. The practical significance of the study is in the possibility of using its results to promote sustainable development of the region.

Keywords: regional economy, sustainable development, ecosystem services, water bodies, regional strategy, anthropogenic impact

Conflict of interests. The author declares that there is not conflict of interest.

Acknowledgements. The author expresses her gratitude to the reviewers, whose comments and suggestions made it possible to improve the quality of the text.

For citation: Chernova О.А. Ecosystem Services of Water Bodies in Ensuring Sustainable Development of the Region. RegionologyRussian Journal of Regional Studies. 2022;30(3):586–601. doi: https://doi.org/10.15507/2413-1407.120.030.202203.586-601


1. Zolfagharipoor M., Ahmadi A., Nikouei A. Market-Based Groundwater Resources Allocation Mechanism: An Inter-Sectoral Water Exchanges Programming Analysis. Water Resources and Economics. 2022;37. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.wre.2022.100193

2. Feng J. Optimal Allocation of Regional Water Resources Based on Multi-Objective Dynamic Equilibrium Strategy. Applied Mathematical Modelling. 2021;90:1183–1203. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apm.2020.10.027

3. Jin-yan L., Lan-bo C., Miao D., Ali A. Water Resources Allocation Model Based on Ecological Priority in the Arid Region. Environmental Research. 2021;199. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envres.2021.111201

4. Braat L.C., de Groot R. The Ecosystem Services Agenda: Bridging the Worlds of Natural Science and Economics, Conservation and Development, and Public and Private Policy. Ecosystem Services. 2012;1(1):4-15. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2012.07.011

5. Potschin M., Haines-Young R. The Links between Biodiversity, Ecosystem Service and Human Well-Being. In: Raffaelli D.G., Frid C.L.J., eds. Ecosystem Ecology: A New Synthesis. Cambridge; Cambridge University Press. 2010. p. 110–139. doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/CBO9780511750458.007

6. Gren I.-М., Isacs L. Ecosystem Services and Regional Development: An Application to Sweden. Ecological Economics. 2009;68(10):2549–2559. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2009.03.023

7. Tammi I., Mustajärvi K., Rasinmäki J. Integrating Spatial Valuation of Ecosystem Services into Regional Planning and Development. Ecosystem Services. 2017;26(B):329–344. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2016.11.008

8. Cortinovis C., Geneletti D. Ecosystem Services in Urban Plans: What is There, and What is Still Needed for Better Decisions. Land Use Policy. 2018;70:298–312. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.landusepol.2017.10.017

9. Jacobs S., Dendoncker N., Keune H., eds. Ecosystem Services. Global Issues. Local Practices. Elsevier. 2014. Available at: https://www.amazon.com/Ecosystem-Services-Global-Issues-Practices/dp/012419964X (accessed 20.02.2022).

10. De Luca Peña L., Taelman S., Préat N., Boone L., Van der Biest K., Custódio M., et al. Towards a Comprehensive Sustainability Methodology to Assess Anthropogenic Impacts on Ecosystems: Review of the Integration of Life Cycle Assessment, Environmental Risk Assessment and Ecosystem Services Assessment. Science of the Total Environment. 2022;808. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.152125

11. Bolotova N.L. On the Application of the Concept of Ecosystem Services to Water Ecosystems. Proceedings of the Russian State Hydrometeorological University. 2017;(49):114–133. Available at: https://www.elibrary.ru/item.asp?id=32325774 (accessed 20.02.2022). (In Russ., abstract in Eng.)

12. Pineda A., Cerón J. Evaluation of Sustainable Development in the Sub-Regions of Antioquia (Colombia) Using Multi-Criteria Composite Indices: A Tool for Prioritizing Public Investment at the Subnational Level. Environmental Development. 2019;32. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.envdev.2019.05.001

13. Rahma H., Fauzi A., Juanda B., Widjojanto B. Development of a Composite Measure of Regional Sustainable Development in Indonesia. Sustainability. 2019;11(20). doi: https://doi.org/10.3390/su11205861

14. Klimanov V.V., Kazakova S.M., Mikhaylova A.A. Retrospective Analysis of the Resilience of Russian Regions as Socio-Economic Systems. Voprosy Ekonomiki. 2019;(5):46–64. (In Russ., abstract in Eng.) doi: https://doi.org/10.32609/0042-8736-2019-5-46-64

15. Malkina M. Assessment of Resilient Development of the Regional Economies Based on Mahalanobis Distances. Terra Economicus. 2020;18(3):140–159. (In Russ., abstract in Eng.) doi: https://doi.org/10.18522/2073-6606-2020-18-3-140-159

16. Alary V., Messad S., Aboul-Naga A., Osman M., Abdelsabour T., Salah A., Juanes X. Multi-Criteria Assessment of the Sustainability of Farming Systems in the Reclaimed Desert Lands of Egypt. Agricultural Systems. 2020;183. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.agsy.2020.102863

17. Costanza R., de Groot R., Braat L., Kubiszewski I., Fioramonti L., Sutton P., et al. Twenty Years of Ecosystem Services: How Far Have we come and How Far do we still need to go? Ecosystem Services. 2017;28(A):1–16. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.09.008

18. Chaigneau T., Coulthard S., Brown K., Daw T.M., Herbrüggen B. Incorporating Basic Needs to Reconcile Poverty and Ecosystem Services. Conservation Biology. 2018;33(3):655–664. doi: https://doi.org/10.1111/cobi.13209

19. Ryfield F., Cabana D., Brannigan J., Crowe T. Conceptualizing ‘Sense of Place’ in Cultural Ecosystem Services: A Framework for Interdisciplinary Research. Ecosystem Services. 2019;36. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2019.100907

20. Lapointe M., Gurney G.G., Cumming G.S. Urbanization Affects How People Perceive and Benefit from Ecosystem Service Bundles in Coastal Communities of the Global South. Ecosystem People. 2021;17(1):57–68. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/26395916.2021.1890226

21. Sharma B., Rasul G., Chettri N. The Economic Value of Wetland Ecosystem Services: Evidence from the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, Nepal. Ecosystem Services. 2015;12:84–93. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecoser.2015.02.007

22. Geijzendorffer I.R., Martín-López B., Roche P.K. Improving the Identification of Mismatches in Ecosystem Services Assessments. Ecological Indicators. 2015;52:320–331. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolind.2014.12.016

23. Fürst C., Luque S., Geneletti D. Nexus Thinking – How Ecosystem Services can Contribute to Enhancing the Cross-Scale and Cross-Sectoral Coherence between Land Use, Spatial Planning and Policy-Making. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management. 2017;13(1):412–421. doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/21513732.2017.1396257

24. Zhang H., Xiao Y., Deng Y. Island Ecosystem Evaluation and Sustainable Development Strategies: A Case Study of the Zhoushan Archipelago. Global Ecology and Conservation. 2021;28. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2021.e01603

25. Brown A., Marshall S., Cooper C., Whitehouse P., Van den Brink P., Faber J., Maltby L. Assessing the Feasibility and Value of Employing an Ecosystem Services Approach in Chemical Environmental Risk Assessment Under the Water Framework Directive. Science of the Total Environment. 2021:789. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.scitotenv.2021.147857

26. Chowdhury K., Behera B. Economic Significance of Provisioning Ecosystem Services of Traditional Water Bodies: Empirical Evidences from West Bengal, India. Resources, Environment and Sustainability. 2021;5. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.resenv.2021.100033

27. Inácio M., Karnauskaitė D., Baltranaitė E., Kalinauskas M., Bogdzevič K., Gomes E., Pereira P. Ecosystem Services of the Baltic Sea: An Assessment and Mapping Perspective. Geography and Sustainability. 2020;1(4):256–265. doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geosus.2020.11.001

28. Matveeva L.G., Chernova O.A., Kosolapova N.A., Kosolapov A.E. Assessment of Water Resources Use Efficiency Based on the Russian Federation’s Gross Regional Product Water Intensity Indicator. Regional Statistics. 2018;8(2):154–169. doi: https://doi.org/10.15196/RS080201

29. Shkura V.N. Mikhalchuk A.V. On the State, Reliability and Safety of Ravine-Gully Ponds and Small – River Water Reservoirs of the Lower Don. Ecology and Water Management. 2019;(1):64–80. Available at: http://www.en.rosniipm-sm1.ru/article?n=14 (accessed 20.02.2022). (In Russ., abstract in Eng.)

Submitted 11.04.2022; approved after reviewing 20.05.2022; accepted for publication 30.05.2022.

About the author:

Olga A. Chernova, Professor, Department of Information Economics, Southern Federal University (88 Maxim Gorky St., Rostov-on-Don 344002, Russian Federation), Russian Research Institute for Integrated Use and Protection of Water Resources (239 Maxim Gorky St., Rostov-on-Don 344022, Russian Federation), Doc. Sci. (Economy), Associate Professor, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5072-7070, Researcher ID: H-9823-2015, Scopus ID: 56581560700chernova.olga71@yandex.ru

The author has read and approved the final version of the manuscript.

To download article

Appendix 1

Лицензия Creative Commons
Материалы журнала "РЕГИОНОЛОГИЯ REGIONOLOGY" доступны по лицензии Creative Commons «Attribution» («Атрибуция») 4.0 Всемирная