Ecosystem services and the environment. In-depth report 11 produced for the European Commission, DG Environment

Brickhill, D. and Science Communication Unit, University of the West of England (2015) Ecosystem services and the environment. In-depth report 11 produced for the European Commission, DG Environment. Technical Report. Eurpoean Commission, Brussels. Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/25914

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Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity: Ecosystems provide a multitude of benefits to humanity, from food, clean water and flood protection to cultural heritage and a sense of place, to name but a few. However, many of these benefits, known as ‘ecosystem services’, are under severe threat from man-made pressures. Decision makers need clear information on how biodiversity underpins these services, the demand for them, the capacity of ecosystems to provide them and the pressures impairing that capacity. In this report we explore four core facets of the ecosystem services concept: the links between biodiversity and ecosystem services; current techniques for mapping and assessing ecosystems and their services; valuation of ecosystem services and the importance of considering all ecosystem services and biodiversity as part of an interconnected system.

Item Type: Report or Working Paper (Technical Report)
Additional Information: Mark Everard was science advisor to this report
Uncontrolled Keywords: biodiversity, ecosystem services
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Environment and Technology
Depositing User: Dr M. Everard
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2015 09:16
Last Modified: 10 Mar 2016 13:51
URI: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/id/eprint/25914

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