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Diversity 2011, 3(1), 1-7; doi:10.3390/d3010001
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Higher-Level Targets for Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Should Focus on Regional Capacity for Effective Trade-Offs

Received: 24 November 2010 / Accepted: 10 January 2011 / Published: 18 January 2011
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Abstract

The Convention on Biological Diversity has adopted 20 targets as part of its new Strategic Plan. Perrings et al. have proposed that such targets should focus solely on critical ecosystem services. Such a strategy may neglect the need to conserve overall biodiversity and corresponding option values. It also may neglect the important role of ecosystem services in systematic conservation planning strategies that seek effective regional trade-offs and synergies among different needs of society. Parties to the Convention have an opportunity to address not only conventional lists of individual targets for ecosystem services and overall biodiversity, but also higher-level targets that focus directly on how well the country achieves—and maintains its capacity to achieve—effective trade-offs among different needs of society.
Keywords: biodiversity; trade-offs; ecosystem services; option value; Convention on Biological Diversity; targets; systematic conservation planning; sustainability; Papua New Guinea; TEEB; IPBES biodiversity; trade-offs; ecosystem services; option value; Convention on Biological Diversity; targets; systematic conservation planning; sustainability; Papua New Guinea; TEEB; IPBES
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Faith, D.P. Higher-Level Targets for Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Should Focus on Regional Capacity for Effective Trade-Offs. Diversity 2011, 3, 1-7.

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