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Aggregate measures of ecosystem services: can we take the pulse of nature?

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment

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DOI: 10.1890/1540-9295(2005)003[0056:AMOESC]2.0.CO;2

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Abstract

National scale aggregate indicators of ecosystem services are useful for stimulating and supporting a broad public discussion about trends in the provision of these services. There are important considerations involved in producing an aggregate indicator, including whether the scientific and technological capacity exists, how to address varying perceptions of the societal importance of different services, and how to communicate information about these services to both decision makers and the general public. Although the challenges are formidable, they are not insurmountable. Quantification of ecosystem services and dissemination of information to decision makers and the public is critical for the responsible and sustainable management of natural resources.

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Publication type:
Article
Publication Subtype:
Journal Article
Title:
Aggregate measures of ecosystem services: can we take the pulse of nature?
Series title:
Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
DOI:
10.1890/1540-9295(2005)003[0056:AMOESC]2.0.CO;2
Volume
3
Issue:
1
Year Published:
2005
Language:
English
Publisher:
Ecological Society of America
Contributing office(s):
Fort Collins Science Center
Larger Work Type:
Article
Larger Work Subtype:
Journal Article
Larger Work Title:
Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment
First page:
56
Last page:
59