Ecologists Report Quantifiable Measures Of Nature's Services To Humans

Ecologists Report Quantifiable Measures Of Nature's Services To Humans

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http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/02/090202102930.htm Science News Ecologists Report Quantifiable Measures Of Nature's Services To Humans ScienceDaily (Feb. 5, 2009) — The idea of ecosystem services is a promising conservation concept but has been rarely put into practice. In a special issue of the journal Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, researchers use novel tools to report some of the first quantifiable results that place values on nature's services to humans. "The idea of 'ecosystem services' – identifying and quantifying the resources and processes that nature provides for people – gives us a framework to measure nature's contribution to human well-being," write authors Peter Kareiva, guest editor for this issue and the chief scientist at The Nature Conservancy, and Susan Ruffo, director of ecosystem services programs at TNC, in an editorial in the issue. "It provides a credible way to link nature and people that goes beyond emotional arguments and points us toward practical solutions." Some of the best-described ecosystem services include pollination of crops, flood and storm
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