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Dr Mark Goddard
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The ecosystem services framework (ESF) is advantageous and widely used for itemising and quantifying ways in which humans benefit from natural places. However, it suffers from two important problems: (i) incoherence of definitions and (ii) a narrow approach to valuation, inadequate to represent the full range of human motives for conservation and the diverse interests of different stakeholders. These shortcomings can lead to a range of problems including double-counting, blind spots and unintended consequences. In this opinion article, we propose an ecosystem valuing framework as a broader and more rigorous way to deliver the benefits currently sought from the ESF, without the conceptual problems.
Author(s): Gunton RM, van Asperen EN, Basden A, Bookless D, Araya Y, Hanson DR, Goddard MA, Otieno G, Jones GO
Publication type: Review
Publication status: Published
Journal: Trends in Ecology and Evolution
Print publication date: 01/04/2017
Online publication date: 16/02/2017
Acceptance date: 14/02/2017
ISSN (print): 0169-5347
ISSN (electronic): 1872-8383