Nature's services : societal dependence on natural ecosystems

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  • Creator edited by Gretchen C. Daily
  • Format Books
  • Contributors
  • Publication Washington, DC : Island Press, [1997] ©1997
  • Physical Details
    • xx, 392 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • ISBNs 9781559634755, 1559634758, 9781559634762, 1559634766
  • OCLC ocm36143566


  • "Nature's Services brings together world-renowned scientists from a variety of disciplines to examine the character and value of ecosystem services, the damage that has been done to them, and the consequent implications for human society. Contributors present a detailed synthesis of our current understanding of a suite of ecosystem services and a preliminary assessment of their economic value." "Nature's Services represents one of the first efforts by scientists to provide an overview of the many benefits and services that nature offers to people and the extent to which we are all vitally dependent on those services. The book enhances our understanding of the value of the natural systems that surround us and can play an essential role in encouraging greater efforts to protect the earth's basic life-support systems before it is too late."--BOOK JACKET.


  • Includes bibliographical references and index.


  • Preface / Gretchen C. Daily -- Perspectives on Nature's Services / John Peterson Myers and Joshua S. Reichert -- 1. Introduction: What Are Ecosystem Services? / Gretchen C. Daily -- 2. Ecosystem Services: A Fragmentary History / Harold A. Mooney and Paul R. Ehrlich -- 3. Valuing Ecosystem Services: Philosophical Bases and Empirical Methods / Lawrence H. Goulder and Donald Kennedy -- 4. Valuing Ecosystem Services with Efficiency, Fairness, and Sustainability as Goals / Robert Costanza and Carl Folke -- 5. The Interaction of Climate and Life / Susan E. Alexander, Stephen H. Schneider and Kalen Lagerquist -- 6. Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning / David Tilman -- 7. Ecosystem Services Supplied by Soil / Gretchen C. Daily, Pamela A. Matson and Peter M. Vitousek -- 8. Services Provided by Pollinators / Gary Paul Nabhan and Stephen L. Buchmann -- 9. Natural Pest Control Services and Agriculture / Rosamond L. Naylor and Paul R. Ehrlich -- 10. Marine Ecosystem Services / Charles H. Peterson and Jane Lubchenco -- 11. Freshwater Ecosystem Services / Sandra Postel and Stephen Carpenter -- 12. The World's Forests and Their Ecosystem Services / Norman Myers -- 13. Ecosystem Services in Grasslands / Osvaldo E. Sala and Jose M. Paruelo -- 14. Biodiversity's Genetic Library / Norman Myers -- 15. Impacts of Marine Resource Extraction on Ecosystem Services and Sustainability / Les Kaufman and Paul Dayton -- 16. Ecosystem Services in Subsistence Economies and Conservation of Biodiversity / Kamaljit S. Bawa and Madhav Gadgil -- 17. Ecosystem Services in a Modern Economy: Gunnison County, Colorado / Andrew Wilcox and John Harte -- 18. Water Quality Improvement by Wetlands / Katherine C. Ewel -- 19. Services Supplied by South African Fynbos Ecosystems / Richard M. Cowling, Robert Costanza and Steven I. Higgins -- 20. Valuing and Safeguarding Earth's Life-Support Systems / Gretchen C. Daily
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