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Get the science right when paying for nature's services

Naeem, Shahid; Ingram, J C; Varga, A; Agardy, T; Barten, P; Bennett, G; Bloomgarden, E; Bremer, L L; Burkill, P; Cattau, M; Costanza, Robert


Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) mechanisms leverage economic and social incentives to shape how people influence natural processes and achieve conservation and sustainability goals. Beneficiaries of nature's goods and services pay owners or stewards of ecosystems that produce those services, with payments contingent on service provision. Integrating scientific knowledge and methods into PES is critical. Yet many projects are based on weak scientific foundations, and effectiveness is...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2015
Type: Journal article
Source: Science
DOI: 10.1126/science.aaa1403


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