There has been an increased recognition of the value (economic and otherwise) of biodiversity, and an increasing need to understand the value of goods and services that are naturally provided by biodiversity.  Ecosystem Services (ES) are resources and services derived from nature (biodiversity) that bring benefits to humans.  Although there is still uncertainty regarding the links and interdependence between biodiversity and ES, several studies have shown that biodiversity is necessary for providing ES. 

The Ecosystem Service concept has been gaining momentum globally, and is being used as a management tool for land-use decisions and biodiversity conservation strategies. This research is a multidisciplinary project that seeks to incorporate multiple stakeholder groups in understanding ecosystem service utilization within a conservation planning perspective.

Current Projects:

Comparing utilization of ecosystem services across stakeholder groups in the Peace River Valley: Implications for conservation (with Rachel Darvill)

We are collecting quantitative ES data from multiple stakeholder groups in the Peace River Valley, British Columbia.  This data will help determine which ecosystem services should explicitly be considered in land-use management or conservation decisions, and contribute to conservation planning and policy decision-making in the Peace River Valley.

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