Monday, April 05, 2010

Required Readings for Wednesday (4/7/10)

We'll discuss ecosystem services on Wednesday.

The first reading comes from the Millenium Ecosystem Assessment: Ecosystems and Human Well-Being. Read the first two paragraphs of the Foreward (p. ii), the entire Preface (p. v-ix), and the Summary for Decision-Makers (p. 1-24). If the link doesn't work, use and of the Synthesis Reports, go to the Overall Synthesis.

The second reading by Costanza et al. (1997) addresses an attempt to assign values to global ecosystem services. It's from the journal Nature, and available with PSU's online access (and elsewhere if you google the title).

Costanza, R., R. D'arge, R. De Groot, S. Farber, M. Grasso, B. Hannon, K. Limburg, S. Naeem, R.V. O'neill, J. Paruelo, R.G. Raskin, P. Sutton and M. Van Den Belt. 1997. The value of the world's ecosystem services and natural capital. Nature 387: 253-60.

Contact me if you can't access the readings.

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