What are ecosystem services?

Special Issue on Ecosystem Services (part 2)
This report is part 2 in a special issue on the role of ecosystem services thinking and methods in measuring, better understanding and tracking progress towards the goals of Māori cultural well-being and survival. In this report we seek to answer the question ‘what are ecosystem services’? Explanation of the term ‘ecosystem services’ includes consideration of its use as: (i) a name for benefits humans receive from nature, (ii) a market economic conception of the human-nature relationship, (iii) a way of explaining how the natural world works, (iv) a name for well-being indicators, (v) a method of measurement and (vi) a new economic commodity and market. The limitations of an ecosystem services approach are briefly outlined in a way that shows the benefits of maintaining and enhancing a Māori cultural perception of reality as described by the late Rev. Māori Marsden.

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Cole, A. O. me ōna tūpuna and Cole, E. E. (2018) Special issue on ecosystem services thinking and methods (part 2/6) – What are ecosystem services? kōrero Māori report 6, (pp. 39).  Tauranga, New Zealand. iPansophy Limited Digital Publishing. [Download]

 

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