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Monday, February 1st, 2015

Over the last two decades, the idea that natures provides useful services to people has emerged as a powerful concept. Ecosystem services have helped to reshape our conception of the role that biodiverse ecosystems play in the environment and the benefits derived by humans. Increasingly, there has been interest in the operational and methodological methods of ecosystem services, by environmental managers, policy makers, and the private sector.

The recently published Routledge Handbook of Ecosystem Services edited by Marion Potschin, Roy Haines-Young, Robert Fish, and R. Kelly Turner, serves as a comprehensive reference text on ecosystem services. The handbook integrates natural and social science approaches, including economics, to provide operational and methodological best practices. The handbook, featuring chapters written by the world’s leading authorities, demonstrates the importance of biodiversity for people, policy and practice, while expressing the value of ecosystems in monetary and non-monetary terms. The goal is that ecosystem services, can help to redefine and improve the relationship between people and nature, and ensure nature can be better taken into account for decisions making processes.  

Dr. Joël Houdet, Senior Research Fellow at ACTS, is the lead author of Chapter 18, entitled Accounting for Ecosystem Services in Business, which sets out best practices for ecosystem services and accounting for the private sector. 

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"This handbook, written by world class academic and policy experts, is long overdue, and provides a much-needed guide to address this challenge. It is an authoritative reference text written in easy to read sections that is essential reading for academics, decision-makers and civil society." – from the Foreword by Sir Robert Watson, Professor of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK

"Marion Potschin and her co-editors have succeeded to get an interesting combination of contributors to this book, including highly distinguished scientists from various disciplines to younger scholars who are presently carrying out seminal research in the field of ecosystem services and beyond." – David N. Barton, Pam Berry, Dolf de Groot et. al, Openness


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