Ecosys­tem ser­vices ex­plained

The Tribune (NZ) - - SPORT - In­quiries can be made to to Janet Lowe – J.M.Lowe@massey. ac.nz

A free lec­ture that ex­plores the util­i­sa­tion of an ecosys­tem ser­vices or a ‘nat­u­ral cap­i­tal’ ap­proach to build­ing sus­tain­able pros­per­ity takes place at Massey Univer­sity next week.

In­vest­ing in Nat­u­ral Cap­i­tal – get­ting re­turns through Ecosys­tem Ser­vices by Massey As­so­ciate Pro­fes­sor Marjan van den Belt and Pro­fes­sor Robert Costanza, Aus­tralian Na­tional Univer­sity takes place in the univer­sity’s Aghort 1 be­tween 12noon – 1.15pm next Tues­day Oc­to­ber 6.

Robert and Marjan were both au­thors of the sem­i­nal 1997 pa­per The Value of the World’s Ecosys­tems Ser­vices and Nat­u­ral Cap­i­tal.

Ecosys­tem ser­vices adopt an ap­proach that can be used to recog­nise ‘value’ in a broad sense of the word while fos­ter­ing di­a­logues around how to both ‘en­hance and cap­ture value’.

Ex­am­ples of ecosys­tem ser­vices are food/fi­bre pro­vi­sion, nu­tri­ent re­cy­cling, flood pro­tec­tion, bio­di­ver­sity and cli­mate reg­u­la­tion.

The pair will be dis­cussing how the ecosys­tem ser­vice ap­proach has pro­gressed in­ter­na­tion­ally since 1997 and how it can be used to en­hance de­ci­sion­mak­ing at lo­cal, re­gional, na­tional and global lev­els.

PHOTO: MUR­RAY WIL­SON / FAIR­FAX NZ

Ecosys­tem ser­vices in ac­tion as the Moutoa flood pro­tec­tion sluice gates were opened on Thurs­day fol­low­ing heavy rains.

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