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Management of Environmental Impacts by Alandra Kahl

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CHAPTER 7

Ecological Resource Restoration

7.1 HABITAT VALUATION CONCEPTS AND PRACTICES

Habitat valuation is the process by which policy and management decisions related to habitat account for human and ecosystem needs. By placing a monetary value on ecosystem resources, policy makers can better account for changes that affect human well-being. Ecosystem resources or services are the contributions that a habitat and biological community provide to human lives (NOAA Habitat Conservation). The services of an ecosystem or habitat are directly related to human values. Examples of ecosystem services with direct human benefits are food, medicine, recreation, and storm protection (NOAA Habitat Conservation). Other values are less tangible, such as the ...

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