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Ecosystem Services

Ecosystem Planning and Policies

“Ecosystem services are the direct and indirect contributions of ecosystems to human well-being” (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity Ecological and Economic Foundations, Routledge Abingdon, 2010, p. 410). These services provide direct and indirect support to human survival and quality of life through the provision of products, ecosystem processes, habitats and cultural values. Ecosystem services recognize the value of natural systems that is often overlooked as it is not always defined in monetary terms. Identifying the ecosystem services associated with the energy, water and food sectors is essential to ensure development is conducted in a sustainable manner that fairly considers all resources, including ecosystems.

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Coupling Aquaculture with Forest Plantations for Food, Energy, and Water Resiliency

Coupling freshwater aquaculture and forest bioenergy markets can improve food, energy, and water resiliency by enhancing ecosystem services through fertilization,…

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Science of the Total Environment

Date:

15 November 2016

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Mapping Water Provisioning Services to Support the Ecosystem–Water–Food–Energy Nexus in the Danube River Basin

The authors of this study aim to map and assess water provisioning services and associated benefits to support the ecosystem–water–food–energy…

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Ecosystem Services

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1 February 2016

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Living within Humanity's Life-Support System

This paper addresses the state-of-knowledge of complex adaptive systems — including their operation via cycles of innovation and co-adaptation —…

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Procedia Engineering

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The Status of the Water-Food-Energy Nexus in Asia and the Pacific

This report traces the debate, analysis and action on the water, food and energy security nexus. Considering the complex interactions…

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United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

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Energy-Water-Food-Ecosystems: Global Interdependencies and Trends

This Slide presentation is on the interconnectivity of energy, water, agriculture/food, and ecosystem services and global trends that affect those…

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Sandia National Laboratories

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2 February 2014

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Trees for life: The Ecosystem Service Contribution of Trees to Food Production and Livelihoods in the Tropics

Despite expanding interest in ecosystem service research over the past three decades, in-depth understanding of the contribution of forests and…

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Forest Policy and Economics

Date:

15 January 2017

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Balancing Ecosystem Services with Energy and Food Security – Assessing Trade-Offs from Reservoir Operation and Irrigation Investments in Kenya's Tana Basin

This research seeks firstly to identify and help decision-makers visualize reservoir management strategies which result in the best possible (Pareto-optimal)…

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Hydrology and Earth System Sciences

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30 January 2014