Table 1. Ecosystem services scored for different land use classes based on expert opinion. Scores were rated on a scale from 0 to 10 where 0 represented no service and 10 the maximum potential service.


Ecosystem service Natural vegetation good condition (High) Natural vegetation average condition (Medium) Natural vegetation poor condition (Poor) Cultivated Forest Plantations Urban / Built-up (industrial) Urban / Built-up (formal housing) Urban / Built-up (informal housing) Urban / Built-up (smallholdings) Mines & Quarries Unknown
Land capability 10 9 8 10 10 0 0 0 10 0 8
Grazing 10 6 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Flood mitigation 10 9 7 5 9 0 5 3 8 0 5
Soil retention 10 8 7 7 9 10 9 5 9 0 5
Critical infiltration 10 8 5 8 9 0 8 5 8 0 5
Coastal zone protection 10 8 5 2 7 5 3 2 3 0 2
Groundwater recharge 10 9 7 7 5 2 6 4 6 5 7
Groundwater yield 10 9 7 9 5 2 6 4 9 5 7
Groundwater quality 10 10 10 6 9 4 7 5 5 5 6