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Ecosystem services and natural capital

Question: Critically evaluate the potential of “ecosystem services and natural capital” to inform how environmental management issues are defined and addressed.

READING LIST: * Costanza (2016) “Ecosystem services in theory and practice” in Fish et al. (eds) Routledge Handbook of Ecosystem Services. New York: Routledge: 15-24
* Fish, R. D. (2011). Environmental decision making and an ecosystems approach: Some challenges from the perspective of social science. Progress in Physical Geography, 35(5), 671–680.
* Raymond, C. M., Singh, G. G., Benessaiah, K., Bernhardt, J. R., Levine, J., Nelson, H.et al. (2013). Ecosystem Services and Beyond: Using Multiple Metaphors to Understand Human-Environment Relationships. BioScience, 63(7), 536–546.

Abson, D.J., Termansen, M., 2011. Valuing Ecosystem Services in Terms of Ecological Risks and Returns. Conservation Biology 25, 250–258.

Costanza, R., D’Arge, R., De Groot, R., Farber, S., Grasso, M., Hannon, B., Limburg, K., Naeem, S., O’Neill, R.V., Paruelo, J., others, 1997. The value of the world’s ecosystem services and natural capital. Nature 387, 253–260.

Schroeter, M., van der Zanden, E.H., van Oudenhoven, A.P.E., Remme, R.P., Serna-Chavez, H.M., de Groot, R.S., Opdam, P., 2014. Ecosystem Services as a Contested Concept: A Synthesis of Critique and Counter-Arguments. Conservation Letters 7, 514–523.

Silvertown, J., 2015. Have Ecosystem Services Been Oversold? Trends in Ecology and Evolution 30, 641–648.

Potschin, M B, Primmer, E, Furman, E, Haines-Young R H (2016 in press) Have Ecosystem Services been oversold? A response to Silvertown, Trends in Ecology & Evolution.

Turner, R.K., Daily, G.C., 2008. The Ecosystem Services Framework and Natural Capital Conservation. Environmental Resource Economics 39, 25–35.

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