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This report defines ecosystem services as a strategy for the conservation of biodiversity. The production of ecosystem goods as it relates to the generation and maintenance of biodiversity is described. Ecosystem services such as flood and drought mitigation, services supplied by soil, pollination, pest control, and seed dispersal are described. Threats to ecosystem services are discussed, as well as their aesthetic, intellectual, and spiritual values. Issues in Ecology is an ongoing series of reports designed to present major ecological issues in an easy-to-read manner. This Issue summarizes the consensus of a panel of scientific experts based on the information that was current and available at the time of its publication in 1997.
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Resource Group This resource is part of ESA's Issues in Ecology series.
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Life science discipline (subject)
Keywords Ecosystem services, Ecosystem goods, Ecosystem, Biodiversity, Climate, Mitigation, Services, Pest control, Pollination, Seed dispersal, report
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Pedagogical Use Description This report can be used for general information, classroom reading and discussion, and as a springboard for more information research. The report illustrates applications of ecology as it relates our to society and environment.
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Full Name of Primary Author Gretchen Daily
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Primary Author Affiliation Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University

Earth Systems Science and Policy, California State University, Monterey Bay

Department of Economics, Standford University

Department of Zoology, Oregon State University

Environmental Science Policy and Management, University of California, Berkeley

Global Water Policy Project

Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, University of Minnesota

Woods Hole Research Center
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Secondary Author Name(s) Susan Alexander, Paul R. Ehrlich, Larry Goulder, et al.
Secondary Author Affiliation(s) Earth Systems Science and Policy,
California State University

Department of Biological Sciences,
Stanford University

Department of Economics, Stanford
University, Stanford
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Rights Copyright 2008 by Gretchen C. Daily, Susan Alexander, Paul R. Ehrlich, Larry Goulder, Jane Lubchenco, Pamela A. Matson, Harold A. Mooney, Sandra Postel, Stephen H. Schneider, David Tilman, George M. Woodwell, and the Ecological Society of America.
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Drought and Water Ecosystem Services Collection Off
Conservation Targets Under Global Change Collection Off
Big Data Collection Off
Editors Choice No
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Date Of Record Submission 2007-12-26
I Agree to EcoEdDL's Copyright Policy & Terms of Use No
Date Of Record Release 2010-02-16 01:02:30
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Date Last Modified 2015-03-12 09:09:02
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