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Ecosystem Services - Eine Einführung

Loft, Lasse and Lux, Alexandra (2010): Ecosystem Services - Eine Einführung. Published in: BiK-F Knowledge Flow Papers No. No. 6 : pp. 1-21.


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The Ecosystem Service approach has gained a lot of attention lately, as it interlinks ecosystems with the benefits humans derive from them. The Knowledge Flow paper at hand is giving a first overview of the Ecosystem Service approach. The paper focuses on the basic understanding of the concept and the definition of the term Ecosystem Services. It serves as a starting point for the development of a multiple classification system as a tool for ecosystem service inventories, assessment, and valuation studies. The paper briefly deals with the opportunities and challenges of an economic valuation of ecosystem services and provides the main research questions concerning an ecological assessment of ecosystems services.

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