The term ecosystem services is often used to describe, both in general and very specifically, benefits provided by nature and valued by people. However, many of the widely used definitions are not sufficiently specific for consistent and precise identification of such services (Nahlik et al., 2012).
This is a memo commissioned by the Nature Conservancy to better understand how the public understands conservation issues and provides recommendations for better messagning and communication to reach the public. Page 8 provides recommnedations specifically regarding the term ecosystem services.
April 2012 - BSR released this report. From their website, "The amount of activity related to ecosystem services within government, business, financial services, and academics indicates that the concept has finally come of age.
This is a brief white paper put out in April 2012 by Institute for Water and Watersheds and Institute for Natural Resources (both at Oregon State University) to help the public understand water markets activity in Oregon. Feel free to use it. I'd love to get this map in an interactive/updateable form someday.
Thanks to Ranei Nomura; Carrie Sanneman; Gen Hubert; Tracey Stanton; Bobby Cochran; and David Primozich for offering their expertise and friendly reviews. Thanks also to Cally Whitman from IWW/INR.
This new discussion paper "Why Value the Oceans?" was prepared by UNEP/GRID-Arendal and Duke University's Nicholas School of Environmental Policy Solutions in collaboration with the UNEP TEEB office and the UNEP Regional Seas Program.
I recently completed a report with partners at The Nature Conservancy’s Wyoming office documenting phase 1 of a payment for ecosystem services feasibility study in the Upper Green River Basin of Southwest Wyoming (Sublette County).