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  Operationalisation of natural capital and ecosystem services

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Synthesis paper on non-monetary valuation of ecosystem services published

The fifth chapter of the OpenNESS Ecosystem Services Reference Book is out now. The new synthesis paper - generated by OpenNESS members ESSRG, UAM and UAB - deals with non-monetary techniques for the valuation of ecosystem services. Non-monetary valuation methods explore the importance, preferences, needs, or demands expressed by people towards nature and articulate plural values in qualitative or quantitative measures other than money. In the last decade science and policy have paid growing attention to this methodological field, which is also reflected by the increasing number of scientific papers and policy documents which underline the key role of non-monetary methods in ecosystem services valuation. Read more »