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Networking Our Way to Better Ecosystem Service Provision

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JournalTrends in Ecology & Evolution
DateAccepted/In press - 25 Nov 2015
DateE-pub ahead of print - 9 Jan 2016
DatePublished (current) - Feb 2016
Issue number2
Volume31
Number of pages11
Pages (from-to)105-115
Early online date9/01/16
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The ecosystem services (EcoS) concept is being used increasingly to attach values to natural systems and the multiple benefits they provide to human societies. Ecosystem processes or functions only become EcoS if they are shown to have social and/or economic value. This should assure an explicit connection between the natural and social sciences, but EcoS approaches have been criticized for retaining little natural science. Preserving the natural, ecological science context within EcoS research is challenging because the multiple disciplines involved have very different traditions and vocabularies (common-language challenge) and span many organizational levels and temporal and spatial scales (scale challenge) that define the relevant interacting entities (interaction challenge). We propose a network-based approach to transcend these discipline challenges and place the natural science context at the heart of EcoS research.

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