Heather reviews Natural Capital in Science

Natural Capital: Theory and Practice of Mapping Ecosystem Services, by Peter Kareiva, Heather Tallis, Taylor H. Ricketts, Gretchen C. Daily, and Stephen Polasky, Eds. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2011. 391 pp.
The taste of fresh strawberries. The sounds of the surf and kids playing on a packed shoreline. Warm sun on your back as you kayak across the bay. These visceral summer experiences, just ahead for many of us, are what Natural Capital is all about: How does natural capital—or ecosystems and the many species and processes that are part of them—generate benefits for people? And, vitally, how will management, climate change, and other perturbations influence the provision of these benefits in the future? Through careful analysis and illustrative case studies, Natural Capital demonstrates how explicit consideration of these benefits, along with how and where they are produced, will enable us to more proactively and effectively sustain the world’s ecosystems and the human communities that rely on them.

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