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Natural Capital Changes in Poland – Integrating Spatial and Economic Approach

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Zmiany w zasobach kapitału naturalnego Polski – ujęcie przestrzenno-ekonomiczne
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In the context of decision making, the main challenge is the assessment of changes in natural capital stocks due to conversion of ecosystems for development purposes. Ecosystems are basically a spatial concept, so the natural approach is to use GIS to evaluate land cover changes. Basic economic model of competing land uses allows us to formulate the criteria of economic rationality in the management of natural capital. The goal of this paper is a preliminary application of the criteria coming from the economic model of land uses to assess changes in land cover in Poland in the years 2000-2012.
Ocena zmian w zasobach kapitału naturalnego spowodowanych przekształcaniem ekosystemów jest kluczowe dla rozwoju społeczno-gospodarczego. Świadczenie ekosystemów mają duży wpływ na jakość życia oraz dobrobyt społeczny. Ekosystemy są koncepcją przestrzenną, więc naturalnym podejściem jest użycie GIS do oceny zmian w pokryciu terenu. Podstawowy ekonomiczny model zmian w użytkowaniu ziemi pozwala na sformułowanie kryteriów racjonalności ekonomicznej w zarządzaniu kapitałem naturalnym. Celem pracy jest wstępne zastosowanie kryteriów wynikających z ekonomicznego modelu użytkowania gruntów w celu oceny zmian pokrycia terenu w Polsce w latach 2000-2012.
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  • Cracow University of Economics, Poland
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