Measuring the economic value of pollination services : principles, evidence and knowledge gaps
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An increasing degree of attention is being given to the ecosystem services which insect pollinators supply, and the economic value of these services. Recent research suggests that a range of factors are contributing to a global decline in pollination services, which are often used as a “headline” ecosystem service in terms of communicating the concept of ecosystem services, and how this ties peoples׳ well-being to the condition of ecosystems and the biodiversity found therein. Our paper offers a conceptual framework for measuring the economic value of changes in insect pollinator populations, and then reviews what evidence exists on the empirical magnitude of these values (both market and non-market). This allows us to highlight where the largest gaps in knowledge are, where the greatest conceptual and empirical challenges remain, and where research is most needed.
Hanley , N D , Breeze , T D , Ellis , C & Goulson , D 2015 , ' Measuring the economic value of pollination services : principles, evidence and knowledge gaps ' Ecosystem Services , vol 14 , pp. 124-132 . DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2014.09.013
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