Nature’s Benefits:
The Importance of Addressing Biodiversity in Ecosystem Service Programs

The ecosystem services approach is the latest in a long list of conceptual approaches that are intended to improve the practice of natural resource conservation and management yet tend to be replaced by the “next shiny object” before they reach fruition. As a result, there is a limited window of time in which to get this approach right and to capture what conservation benefits are valuable from its somewhat unique conceptual frame.

This report outlines an approach to ecosystem services that will be relatively straightforward to implement, that allows for continuous learning and improvement over time, and could appeal to business and conservation interests.