Navigation Links
Valuing nature is not enough
Date:1/24/2013

Is it possible to put a price tag on the natural world? A researcher at The University of Nottingham has been examining the rise of a new concept ecosystem services to describe the multitude of resources supplied to us by Mother Nature.

Academic Dr Marion Potschin, of the University's Centre for Environmental Management, is among an international team of researchers who have been investigating the ethical considerations of this new concept, which some have argued turns nature into a 'commodity'.

In a paper published in the journal BioScience, Dr Potschin and her colleagues from universities in Australia, Spain, Germany, Canada and the US look at the implications of attaching a monetary value to the environment and argue that the social impact of this needs to be considered alongside questions of social equity. For example, how should the costs of maintaining ecosystems that supply us with resources such as clean water and food be apportioned in society, and what kind of responsibilities do those who benefit from these have in meeting the costs?

The idea that nature provides a range of benefits to society in the form of ecosystem services has recently gained wide interest in the international science and policy communities.

It has sparked debate about natural capital and the way we manage it alongside human, social, manufactured and built capital and is increasingly being used to better inform goals for sustainable development.

Intrinsic value

Dr Potschin and her co-authors said: "The increasing use of the ecosystem services concept has occurred at the same time as the development of a globalised economy, increasing privatisation of public assets, greater government deregulation and growing economic rationalism."

"This background poses a major challenge for those who seek to argue for the importance of non-monetary values of nature, such as local communities that seek to emphasise the i
'/>"/>

Contact: Emma Thorne
emma.thorne@nottingham.ac.uk
44-011-595-15793
University of Nottingham
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. 15-year study: When it comes to creating wetlands, Mother Nature is in charge
2. Epigenetic signatures direct the repair potential of reprogrammed cells
3. Nature: Video reveals wave character of particles
4. 2012 ACMG Foundation/Signature Genomic Laboratories Travel Award winner announced
5. Stoneflies mapped across Ohio, with implications for water quality and nature conservation
6. Gene signature helps identify risk of relapse in lung cancer patients
7. Natures billion-year-old battery key to storing energy
8. Can natures beauty lift citizens from poverty?
9. Biosignatures distinguish between tuberculosis and sarcoidosis
10. Nature: Microscope looks into cells of living fish
11. Nature or nurture? It may depend on where you live
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/23/2014)... French and German . ... other mammals, the difference between sexes depends on one single element ... males, where the two sexual chromosomes are X and Y, whereas ... for all the morphological and physiological differences between males and females. ... long time ago, the X and Y were identical, until the ...
(Date:4/23/2014)... their mid-thirties and forties, face a devastating prognosis: ... decades. "Mutant" protein clusters, long blamed for the ... primary focus of therapies in development by pharmaceutical ... Gerardo Lederkremer and Dr. Julia Leitman of Tel ... in collaboration with Prof. Ulrich Hartl of the ...
(Date:4/23/2014)... (Apr. 23 2014) A team of ... cells (hNSCs) into the brains of nonhuman primates ... and 24 months found that the hNSCs had ... not cause tumors. , The study will be ... Transplantation but is currently freely available on-line ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):Male or female? 2Male or female? 3On the defensive 2On the defensive 3Study finds long-term survival of human neural stem cells transplanted into primate brain 2
... from males can damage relationships between females is revealed in ... Centre for Research in Animal Behaviour at the University of ... B , the research uncovers the effect of sexual harassment ... with each other. The study focused on guppies, a ...
... 2009Exploring the psychology of human-nature relationships and understanding the ... at the core of the evolving discipline called ecopsychology ... journal, Ecopsychology , published by Mary Ann Liebert, ... free online at www.liebertpub.com/eco The goal ...
... has announced the university teams who won the annual ... award competition encourages college students to apply technology in ... designs must be economically profitable, which is why each ... designs. "Scientific innovation has long been a ...
Cached Biology News:Sexual harassment from males prevents female bonding, says study 2Premier issue of Ecopsychology launched by Mary Ann Liebert Inc. publishers 2Premier issue of Ecopsychology launched by Mary Ann Liebert Inc. publishers 3EPA's P3 award winners celebrate a green future 2
(Date:1/14/2014)... DC (PRWEB) January 14, 2014 Carahsoft ... for Thursday, January 23, 2014 at 2pm EST (11am ... Knowledge.” The topic focuses on how technology can turn ... critical decisions for government agencies. The online webinar will ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... 2014 The largest international professional organization of ... therapeutic derivatives thereof has endorsed an educational program ... the challenges of adulterated herb and botanical products. ... The Society for Medicinal Plant and Natural ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... Global Record Systems, LLC, (GRS), ... solutions for patients, physicians, the biopharmaceutical industry, regulators, ... the signing of a three-year Research Collaboration Agreement ... (FDA). This initiative is designed to generate ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... CA (PRWEB) January 14, 2014 Independent ... County), California, and Montreal, Canada, has big ideas for ... non-fiction. The press's goals are to produce high-quality, low-cost, ... to support local businesses. , The first major ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Webcast - Natural Language Processing: Converting Raw Data into Actionable Knowledge – Hosted by Carahsoft and CDS Federal Services 2World's Largest Group of Medicinal Plant Researchers Endorses ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program 2World's Largest Group of Medicinal Plant Researchers Endorses ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program 3World's Largest Group of Medicinal Plant Researchers Endorses ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program 4World's Largest Group of Medicinal Plant Researchers Endorses ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program 5World's Largest Group of Medicinal Plant Researchers Endorses ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program 6World's Largest Group of Medicinal Plant Researchers Endorses ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program 7World's Largest Group of Medicinal Plant Researchers Endorses ABC-AHP-NCNPR Botanical Adulterants Program 8Global Record Systems Announces Research Collaboration Agreement with FDA to Create a Novel “Big Data” Paradigm for Collection of Patient Safety and Outcomes Information 2Bitingduck Press Looks Forward to 2014 With Multimedia E-books 2
... -- GE Healthcare reported Monday that it ... Virginia Health System to develop new, minimally ... will use GE Healthcare's surgical navigation tools, the InstaTrak ... invasive methods of therapeutic and surgical intervention for the ...
... - Gov. Jim Doyle on Monday expressed hope ... Majority Leader Bill Frist's recent decision to support removal ... , ,Doyle made his comments at the groundbreaking of ... also praised Wisconsin's medical development scene. , ,In remarks ...
... -- Dr. Carlos Perez has been appointed to the ... Madison. Perez is a former president of the American ... years of experience in radiation oncology. , ,Perez ... at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Siteman Cancer Center, Washington ...
Cached Biology Technology:Doyle praises Frist's new stem cell research position 2Doyle praises Frist's new stem cell research position 3