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Title Valuing ecosystem services : toward better environmental decision-making / Committee on Assessing and Valuing the Services of Aquatic and Related Terrestrial Ecosystems, Water Science and Technology Board, Division on Earth and Life Studies, National Research Council.
Imprint Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, [2005]

Subject Aquatic ecology -- Economic aspects.
Biotic communities -- Economic aspects.
Environmental policy -- Decision making.
Environmental protection -- Decision making.
Ecology -- economics.
Costs and Cost Analysis.
Alt Name National Research Council (U.S.). Committee on Assessing and Valuing the Services of Aquatic and Related Terrestrial Ecosystems.
Description 1 online resource (xii, 277 pages) : illustrations
polychrome rdacc
Summary "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. This report identifies methods for assigning economic value to ecosystem services even intangible ones and calls for greater collaboration between ecologists and economists in such efforts."--Publisher's description.
Contents Executive summary -- Introduction -- The meaning of value and use of economic valuation in the environmental policy decision-making process -- Aquatic and related terrestrial ecosystems -- Methods of nonmarket valuation -- Translating ecosystem functions to the value of ecosystem services : case studies -- Judgement, uncertainty, and valuation -- Ecosystem valuation : synthesis and future directions -- Appendix A: Summary of related NRC reports -- Appendix B: Household production function models -- Appendix C: Production function models.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 0309545862 (electronic bk.)
9780309545860 (electronic bk.)
030909318X (book)
9780309093187 (book)
OCLC # 60193367
Additional Format Print version: Valuing ecosystem services. Washington, D.C. : National Academies Press, ©2005 030909318X (OCoLC)59166276

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