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Blog Posts: ecosystem services

  • The Role of Economic Valuation for Regulating Service of Mangrove Ecosystem

    Mangroves as an important coastal ecosystem are able to protect the area from natural disasters. An appropriate mangrove ecosystem management strategy can increase coastal resilience from the impacts of climate change, as well as support sustainable economic resilience. The direct and indirect benefits provided by the mangrove ecosystem provide benefits for the people around them. These are known as ecosystem services. The potential contained in the ecosystem can be translated through a monetary value based on its utilization using an economic assessment approach.


  • Green vs. Gray Infrastructure: When Nature Is Better than Concrete

    People often don’t think of forests, wetlands, coral reefs, and other natural ecosystems as forms of infrastructure. But they are. Infrastructure is essential for economic growth. But as governments debate the future of sustainable development at the Rio+20 conference, there is one infrastructure solution that can provide a good return on investment: nature.


  • A New Approach to Feeding the World

    This piece originally appeared in The Solutions Journal

    Can the current food production system feed a growing population in a changing climate while sustaining ecosystems? The answer is an emphatic “no.”

    A new approach is imperative and overdue, one in which the world feeds more people—an estimated 9 billion by 2050—with less ecological impact. To be successful, this new approach must address both how we produce and how we use food.


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