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Developing a Scientific Basis for Managing Earth's Life Support Systems

Gretchen C Daily, Stanford University


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Here, I review the motivation and science behind efforts to characterize and manage ecosystems as capital assets. I then describe some recent work to evaluate the potential for sustaining biodiversity and ecosystem services in human-dominated landscapes.

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biodiversity conservation, countryside biogeography, ecological economics, Ecosystem Services Framework, global change, interdisciplinary collaboration
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