Ecosystem services – local benefits, global impacts

Ecosystem services – local benefits, global impacts

Ecosystem services constitute the base for humans’ well-being. Benefits are ranging from improved local livelihoods to global benefits provided by forests’ climate regulation services. However, there are internal and external drivers of change like new consumption patterns and conflicting interests in specific services, demographical development, or climate change and extreme events. In this context, ecosystems like forests need to be managed in a sustainable and equitable way to ensure a provision of ecosystem for the benefits of the local population and for mitigating impacts for the global community by equitable and efficient sharing of benefits – and of costs.

Authors: Brockhaus, M.; Botoni, E.

Topic: ecosystems,livelihoods,climate change,ecology

Publication Year: 2009

ISSN: 1866-8011

Source: Rural 21 01/2009: 8-11

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