ecosystem service


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ecosystem service

n.
A vital ecological function or process, such as the production of atmospheric oxygen, the cycling or filtering of fresh water, the synthesis of carbohydrates by plants, or the maintenance of stable climatic conditions, viewed as a contribution to the natural capital of a region.
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2012) have proposed that methods of valuating cultural heritage and identity in landscape be integrated into ecosystem service valuation and thus help inform public policy-makers and urban designers in landscape and environmental management processes.
The authors present a low-cost tool for assessing ecosystem service values across large areas, a step toward quantifying the benefits of land conservation.
Integrating the ecological and economic dimensions in biodiversity and ecosystem service valuation.
make urban ecosystem service provision more attractive investments.
The ecosystem service concept offers a way to address these negative feedback loops by incorporating the quantity and value of these services into economic, policy, and land management decisions.
The EPA is assembling a national atlas that can overlay visual information, like that used in Google Earth, with ecological and economic analyses to reveal variability in ecosystem service provision.
Our research demonstrates that predators like American kestrels consume numerous crop pests and reduce crop damage, which are important ecosystem services," said Catherine Lindell, a scientist at MSU who led the study.
ISLAMABAD -- A number of hotels have been built in the Kaghan Valley to cater to tourists, but neither tourists nor hotel owners pay for the loss to nature or, in the case of hotel owners, contribute from their profits to protect nature, an expert on payments for ecosystem services (PES) said at a seminar on Tuesday.
The initiative of payments to save trees comes under global REDD+ (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation and role of Conservation, Sustainable Management of Forests and Enhancement of Forest Carbon Stocks in Developing Countries) and Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES).
Toward that end, the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (Ipbes), which I chair, will release a series of landmark reports next March on the implications of biodiversity decline.
My research has led me to the concept of ecosystem services, a new frontier in environmental research.
Why has the language of ecosystem services become "standard jargon for environmental policy makers?

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