As human populations grow, so do the resource demands imposed on ecosystems and the impacts of anthropogenic use and abuse are becoming ever more apparent. Consequently, society at large is coming to realize that ecosystem services are not threatened and limited, but that the pressure to evaluate trade-offs between immediate and long-term human needs is urgent. To help inform decision-makers, economic value is increasingly being associated with many ecosystem services and is often based on the replacement with anthropogenic alternatives. The on-going challenge of prescribing economic value to nature, such as through processes like biodiversity banking, is prompting multi-disciplinary shifts in how we recognize and manage the environment, social responsibility, business opportunities, and our future as a species. This comprehensive book brings together emerging topics in environmental science, making an excellent source for policy makers and environmental consultants working in the field or related areas. It also serves as a concise and fully referenced primer for advanced environmental students and researchers.

Piran C. L. White, Jasmin A. Godbold, Martin Solan, Jessica Wiegand and Alison R. Holt
Copyright Year:2010
Print ISBN: 978-1-84973-018-1
PDF eISBN: 978-1-84973-105-8
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