The term ecosystem services is often used to describe, both in general and very specifically, benefits provided by nature and valued by people. However, many of the widely used definitions are not sufficiently specific for consistent and precise identification of such services (Nahlik et al., 2012).
Biodiversity & Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) is a six-year (2011-2017) UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) programme, designed to answer fundamental questions about the functional role of biodiversity in key ecosystem processes and the delivery of ecosystem processes at the landscape scale.
Belinda Griswold – Senior Program Director, Resource Media Mark Jockers – Government & Public Affairs Manager, Clean Water Services Dr. Kiyomi Morino – Research Associate, University of Arizona Moderated by Cynthia Koehler – Director of Programs, Carpe Diem West
The Ecosystem Services Partnership invites you to the 6th annual ESP conference, which will be held from 27-31 August 2013, on Bali, Indonesia. Don't miss your chance to interact and exchange ideas with other ESP members, practitioners, educators, policy-makers, researchers, and many others in this International and exotic setting. Be part of working-groups producing outcomes ranging from journal articles, white papers, book chapters, grant proposals, database structures, websites, and much more.
Land use and development planning that only accounts for the value of built capital often negatively impacts communities: small businesses and jobs can be lost, environmental health is impacted, and community structure may be lost. SERVES (Simple and Effective Resource for Valuing Ecosystem Services), can be used by individuals and communities to understand and leverage the economic value of green infrastructure and natural systems. This information provides powerful arguments for shifting investment towards sustainability.