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    Author(s): Guillermo M. Pastur; Ajith H. Perera; Urmas Peterson; Louis R. Iverson
    Date: 2018
    Source: In: Perera, Ajith H.; Peterson, Urmas; Pastur, Guillermo M.; Iverson, Louis R., eds. Ecosystem services from forest landscapes: broadscale considerations. New York, NY: Springer International: 1-10.
    Publication Series: Book Chapter
    Station: Northern Research Station
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    Human beings derive direct benefit from an array of ecosystem goods as well as from the activities and products of organisms, in both wild and human-dominated ecosystems (Daily et al. 1997; Levin and Lubchenco 2008). These benefits from nature have been readily available throughout most of human history. To this day, societies take many of these natural services for granted (Daily 1997, MEA 2005), even while the support systems that provide them are being severely degraded (Vitousek et al. 1997; Levin and Lubchenco 2008; Seppelt et al. 2011). The central challenge of this century is to develop economic and social systems and supporting systems of governance from local to global scales that will achieve sustainable levels of human population and consumption while also maintaining the ecosystem life-support services that underpin human well-being (Guerry et al. 2015).

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    Pastur, Guillermo M.; Perera, Ajith H.; Peterson, Urmas; Iverson, Louis R. 2018. Ecosystem services from forested landscapes: an overview. In: Perera, Ajith H.; Peterson, Urmas; Pastur, Guillermo M.; Iverson, Louis R., eds. Ecosystem services from forest landscapes: broadscale considerations. New York, NY: Springer International: 1-10.

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