Ecosystem Services in Decision Making: Time to Deliver

Duke Law School Public Law & Legal Theory Paper No. 245

Duke Science, Technology & Innovation Paper No. 36

Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment , Vol. 7, No. 1, February 2009

8 Pages Posted: 1 May 2009

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Gretchen Daily

Stanford University - Department of Biology

Stephen Polasky

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - Department of Applied Economics

Joshua Goldstein

Stanford University, Center for Conservation Biology

Peter M. Kareiva

The Nature Conservancy - Seattle

Harold Mooney

Stanford University - Department of Biological Sciences

Liba Pejchar

Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University

Taylor Ricketts

Stanford University - Center for Conservation Biology

James E. Salzman

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) - Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management; University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law

Robert Shallenberger

The Nature Conservancy

Date Written: April, 30 2009

Abstract

Over the past decade, efforts to value and protect ecosystem services have been promoted by many as the last, best hope for making conservation mainstream - attractive and commonplace worldwide. In theory, if we can help individuals and institutions to recognize the value of nature, then this should greatly increase investments in conservation, while at the same time fostering human well-being. In practice, however, we have not yet developed the scientific basis, nor the policy and finance mechanisms, for incorporating natural capital into resource- and land-use decisions on a large scale. Here, we propose a conceptual framework and sketch out a strategic plan for delivering on the promise of ecosystem services, drawing on emerging examples from Hawai‘i. We describe key advances in the science and practice of accounting for natural capital in the decisions of individuals, communities, corporations, and governments.

Suggested Citation

Daily, Gretchen and Polasky, Stephen and Goldstein, Joshua and Kareiva, Peter M. and Mooney, Harold and Pejchar, Liba and Ricketts, Taylor and Salzman, James E. and Shallenberger, Robert, Ecosystem Services in Decision Making: Time to Deliver (April, 30 2009). Duke Law School Public Law & Legal Theory Paper No. 245; Duke Science, Technology & Innovation Paper No. 36; Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment , Vol. 7, No. 1, February 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1397324

Gretchen Daily (Contact Author)

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Stephen Polasky

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Joshua Goldstein

Stanford University, Center for Conservation Biology ( email )

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Peter M. Kareiva

The Nature Conservancy - Seattle ( email )

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Harold Mooney

Stanford University - Department of Biological Sciences ( email )

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371 Serra Mall
Stanford, CA 94305
United States

Liba Pejchar

Center for Conservation Biology, Stanford University ( email )

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.stanford.edu/group/CCB/Staff/pejchar.html

Taylor Ricketts

Stanford University - Center for Conservation Biology

Stanford, CA 94305
United States

James E. Salzman

University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) - Donald Bren School of Environmental Science & Management ( email )

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University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) - School of Law ( email )

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Robert Shallenberger

The Nature Conservancy ( email )

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United States
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