A Developing Country Perspective
Edited by Pushpam Kumar and Ibrahim Thiaw
Chapter 4: Managing trade-offs in ecosystem services
The concept of ecosystem services was successfully introduced into the global policy arena by the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (Millennium Ecosystem Assessment 2005) and has been welcomed by both the conservation and development communities as a potential bridge between the biodiversity and sustainable development discourses (e.g. Tallis et al.2008). Ecosystem services are here defined following the recent perspectives developed within the The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB 2010) study as ‘the direct and indirect contributions of ecosystems to human well-being’. Despite the apparent success of the concept of ecosystem services, progress in practical applications in land-use planning and local decision-making has been slow (e.g. Naidoo et al. 2008; Daily et al. 2009).
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