Ecology | VOL. 10, ISSUE 58, January-February 2010 |

Ecosystem Service Commodities

Ecosystem services are provided by people with ecosystems to people who no longer have one, and who need one. For example, if your forest, or your peat bog is absorbing carbon, it is providing a service to other people who are producing excessive C02 and need something, somewhere to absorb it. Other ecosystem services include climate regulation, maintenance of biodiversity, water conservation and supply, and the preservation of aesthetic, cultural and spiritual values. The emerging view is that these services...

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