The ‘Balance Sheet’ Approach Within Adaptive Management for Ecosystem Services

Authored by: R. Kerry Turner

Routledge Handbook of Ecosystem Services

Print publication date:  January  2016
Online publication date:  January  2016

Print ISBN: 9781138025080
eBook ISBN: 9781315775302
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Contemporary global concern regarding climate change, energy supply, food and water security, and the loss of ecosystems and their services, has made clear that a scientifically robust, pluralistic and policy-relevant understanding of how these issues are interrelated is essential if losses of human welfare are to be minimised. The concept of ecosystem services is one construct for understanding how changes to our natural environment impact our welfare (Boyd and Banzhaf, 2007; Fisher et al., 2009; Fisher et al., 2011) and, given that ecosystem services research may play a significant role in linking conservation activities and human welfare, systematic approaches to measuring, modelling and mapping ecosystem services (and their value to society) are urgently needed (Carpenter et al., 2006).

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