Master of Environmental Studies Capstone Projects

Document Type

Thesis or dissertation

Date of this Version

May 2007


Presented to the Faculties of the University of Pennsylvania in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements for the Degree of Master of Environmental Studies 2007.


The ecosystem services conservation zoning framework offers an alternative to current land use decision processes that present incomplete, misinformed, and unaccountable land use options and alternatives. The framework presents holistic tools to make more informed land use decisions, and begins to integrate ecosystem services into the existing polices that govern land development. The principal goal of the framework is to balance local land development and conservation planning by presenting a comprehensive, multi-faceted, multi-disciplined decision process that frames land use choices around the social, financial, and environmental utility ecosystem services provide human well being.



Date Posted: 24 July 2007