You Say Conservation is Good for People: Well, Prove It


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This podcast is from Pendleton’s keynote speech to the joint French/UK marine ecosystem services meeting in March 2015. He argues that we are spending too much time modelling the hypothetical benefits of marine conservation and not enough time and effort collecting real data that will CONVINCE people that they DO benefit from better marine management.

Transcript follows. 


Learning to Speak Ecosystem Services

By Christian Neumann, Linwood Pendleton, Marianne Kettunen, Tundi Agardy

The value of ecosystems and the associated services they provide is receiving growing attention both in the public and decision-making arena. The language of Ecosystem Services essentially translates the complexity of ecological processes and functions into descriptors that define the socio-economic-ecological link. To overcome the challenge of scientific and non-scientific communities having to find a common language, it is worth keeping a few key aspects in mind. Read more...

Marine Ecosystem Services: How Is That Valuation Thing Treating You?

By Linwood Pendleton


Well it finally happened … marine ecosystem services have become trendy and that has some peoples’ knickers in a twist.

Cartoon by Mike Twohy, New Yorker Collection, The Cartoon Bank

Recent articles raise questions, and offer some answers, about the usefulness, and even the ethics, of ecosystem services (ES) thinking and valuation in marine management. Unmüßig finds grounds for fears that monetization will lead to commodification, diminish biodiversity, and ignore cultural and spiritual values. Kronenberg echoes those concerns using the little known field of economic ornithology.