The Links Between Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

Authored by: Patricia Balvanera , Sandra Quijas , Berta Martín-López , Edmundo Barrios , Laura Dee , Forest Isbell , Isabelle Durance , Piran White , Ryan Blanchard , Rudolf de Groot

Routledge Handbook of Ecosystem Services

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

Print ISBN: 9781138025080
eBook ISBN: 9781315775302
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315775302-5

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Abstract

The well-being of society depends to a large extent on the benefits derived from the functions and processes that take place within ecosystems (i.e., ecosystem services). Biodiversity plays an important role in the delivery of many of these benefits. However, human activities that derive services from ecosystems may also have adverse impacts on ecosystems and their biodiversity. This can negatively impact societal well-being, if degradation of biodiversity results in a decline in the quantity, quality, or resilience of ecosystem service provision. Understanding how biodiversity is linked to ecosystem services is critical for designing more sustainable environmental policies and landscape planning.

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