Ecosystem services: Classification for valuation

Fisher, B. and Turner, R.K. (2008) Ecosystem services: Classification for valuation. Biological Conservation, 141 (5). pp. 1167-1169.

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This letter is in response to an article by Ken Wallace titled “Classifications of ecosystem services: problems and solutions” (Biological Conservation 139, 2007). This letter discusses the points we see as problematic with Wallace’s framework and sets out our conceptualization of linking ecosystem services with human welfare. In this letter we suggest that utilizing the terms intermediate services, final services and benefits should go a long way to clearing up much of the ambiguity in ecosystem services typologies, especially for economic valuation purposes. As Wallace points out, clearly defining and organizing the concept of ecosystem services is not just a semantic decision, but it is integral to operationalizing something that can clearly illuminate tradeoffs in natural resource management

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ecosystem services Conservation Human welfare Millennium assessment
Author Affiliation: Centre for Social and Environmental Research on the Global Environment, University of East Anglia, Norwich NR4 7TJ, UK
Subjects: Social Sciences > Agricultural Economics
Divisions: General
Depositing User: Mr B Krishnamurthy
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2012 07:55
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2012 07:55
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