New research to help preserve the benefits people receive from nature

February 9, 2017 University of Queensland Science Daily Full article here

Humans rely on things that come from nature — including clean air, water, food, and timber. But how can we tell if these natural services that people rely on, are at risk of being lost, potentially permanently?…

…”We have developed a framework to identify services that at risk of being undersupplied or even of being lost entirely. This allows time to either move towards more sustainable use, or to start planning for alternatives when we lose the ecosystem service.At its core, the framework is a method to analyse supply and demand, and the different things that affect them, like the condition of natural systems and whether demand by people is expected to change over time….

Martine Maron et al. Towards a Threat Assessment Framework for Ecosystem Services. Trends in Ecology and Evolution, February 2017 DOI: 10.1016/j.tree.2016.12.011