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The last few weeks have seen multiple papers from the academic field urging caution – do not go gentle into that world of ecosystem services. One of several papers focusing on ecosystem services in the August 2009 edition of Conservation Letters is Walker et al., who really don’t like biodiversity trading/”bartering” and they’ll tell you why. Vira and Adams (Conservation Letters ) think that ‘ecosystem services’, ‘natural capital’ and ‘biodiversity’ are bandwagon buzzwords that folks are jumping on to argue for conservation, but they might not serve the best argument. Luck et al. (Conservation Letters ) decide ‘ecosystem services’ is an OK way to prioritize conservation efforts when you overlay human needs (water provision and flood mitigation) with previous global biodiversity prioritization mapping. Palmer and Filoso, in the July 31 edition of Science (subscription required ), say “whoooaaa there” to environmental markets dependent on the science of restoration that’s not 100% there. In the July 9 edition of Science , Benayas et al. conduct a meta-analysis of 89 ecological restoration studies and conclude that “ecological restoration increased provision of biodiversity and ecosystem services by 44% and 25%, respectively. However, values of both remained lower in restored than in intact reference ecosystems.” See more detailed summaries below.
Ecosystem Marketplace’s sister organization, the Katoomba Group, has teamed up with five Latin American PES networks to publish a monthly/quarterly newsletter “SinergiA” for practicioners in the field of environmental services in Latin America. SinergiA will be produced on a quarterly basis and includes an opinion section, a review of current PES projects, tools & methodologies, recent publications and upcoming events. Each newsletter focuses on a theme, with REDD highlighted in the first edition (English , Spanish , and Portugese ).
"Conservation and Biodiversity Banking: A Guide to Setting Up and Running Biodiversity Credit Trading Systems" is now available in paperback! Lighter in weight and lighter on your wallet. Get your copy today .
Don’t worry, we’re not all academic this month. Keep reading for a full menu of biodiversity market stories.
—The Ecosystem Marketplace Team
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