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ISBN-13: 978-1559634762
ISBN-10: 1559634766
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"...the authors define ecosystem services, summarize historical perspectives, offer means of monetary valuation, and present some specific categories of damage.... [This] volume performs a highly valuable service, alerting readers in economic terms of the ultimately genocidal shortsightedness of abusing global biosphere."
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 412 pages
  • Publisher: Island Press; 1St Edition edition (February 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559634766
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559634762
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kai Chan on August 14, 2006
Format: Paperback
Are you interested in environmental issues, natural resource policy, or understanding how ecosystems silently enable our society to function? If so you must read this book.

Almost 10 years has passed since this edited volume was published (edited by Gretchen Daily), and there has been considerable progress on some fronts. Accordingly and expectedly, some of the estimates of the values of services are out-dated, but there are crucial contributions here in the framework for understanding and characterizing such ecosystem services (the flow of benefits from ecosystems to people). This book sparked an immense scholarly and public interest in ecosystem services that has not even begun to peak. In order to enable our society to persist sustainably, we *must* understand our dependence on ecosystem services and incorporate this understanding into societal decision-making.

Top-notch scholars contributed to this excellent volume, which continues to be cited frequently in first-rate academic papers and to cause ripples in broader society.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Sean M. Griffing on October 8, 2001
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I haven't read this book. But I think that maybe it would be good if the only review --which is in spanish-- were translated. Here's Francisco's review:

This edition is important on the themes of environmental economy and the underestimation of ecosystem health, for humanity surges to break little known ecosystems, synergies, and the diverse benefits they bring, much of which we don't know.
So, this book approaches the important elements, for the process of optimizing the utilization of ecosystems, from philosophic, environmental, and economic perspectives.
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By systems student on July 17, 2014
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Essential to understanding how the world really works.
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6 of 14 people found the following review helpful By francisco correa on May 21, 2000
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Es bien importante que se editen textos en estos temas de economía ambiental pues la subestimación del valor de los ecosistemas para la humanidad surge a partir del poco conocimiento de los ecosistemas, de sus sinergias y los diversos beneficios que brindan, muchos de ellos no reconocidos. Así, este libro aporta elementos importantes, para el proceso de optimización de la utilización de los ecosistemas, desde la perpectiva ambiental, filosófica y económica.
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