Ecosystem Services

Never waste the opportunity offered by a good crisis

Authored by: Robert Fish , Marion Potschin , R. Kerry Turner , Roy Haines-Young

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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In elaborating the tenets of an ecosystem services perspective, a Handbook of this kind naturally straddles the concern to not only integrate and synthesise, but also to make distinctions between preoccupying themes and concerns. The idea of ecosystem services has been presented as a unifying, harmonising concept; a ‘statement of the art’ crafted around an orderly structure of theories, methods, and applications to make sense of its work. In our scene-setting chapter we noted too an accumulating concern to recognise, understand and better manage human dependencies on nature, and the many and diverse antecedents for the perspective in the wider canon of environmental thought. Even so, the mutually configuring worlds of research and policy that seek to explicate and apply the concept of ecosystem services are also mutable, unruly and highly fluid; readers who have scratched beneath the surface will have found a highly differentiated and contested field. Thus, while it is possible to write of a maturing field in terms of willingness to engage, it remains premature, and would be misleading, to write of a field having reached consensus about the precise character of its operating concepts and models of research practice.

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