Valuing Ecosystem Services: Toward Better Environmental Decision-Making by Committee on Assessing and Valuing the Services of Aquatic and Related Terrestrial Ecosystems
National Academies Press | April 20, 2005 | English | ISBN: 030909318X | 290 pages | PDF | 2 MB
Nutrient recycling, habitat for plants and animals, flood control, and water supply are among the many beneficial services provided by aquatic ecosystems. In making decisions about human activities, such as draining a wetland for a housing development, it is essential to consider both the value of the development and the value of the ecosystem services that could be lost. Despite a growing recognition of the importance of ecosystem services, their value is often overlooked in environmental decision-making.