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Turning delivery of ecosystem services into a deliverable of ecosystem restoration
- Matzek, Virginia
- Restoration ecology 2018 v.26 no.6 pp. 1013-1016
- ecological restoration, ecosystem services, humans, monitoring, natural capital, plague
- That ecological restoration helps restore natural capital and ecosystem services (ES) of value to human and societal well‐being is generally well‐accepted. But quantification of these societal benefits is sorely lagging our recognition that they exist. This may be the result of methodological concerns and/or philosophical objections to the monetization of nature's services; it may also be the result of practical challenges in monitoring that already plague restoration. In this article, I argue that, regardless of whether or not restoration efforts come to rely on formal systems of payment for ES, we should be doing a better job of rigorously quantifying the socioeconomic returns of our work. Recognizing the substantial obstacles to this effort, I suggest some possible ways to overcome them.