1  Ecosystem Services and Global Trade of Natural Resources: An introduction

Thomas Koellner

Aims of the Book

The utilization of natural resources to satisfy worldwide growing consumption of goods and services has severe ecological consequences. Increasing intensity of resource extraction, land use, freshwater use and use of marine environments will cause large impacts on biodiversity, ecosystems and their services. Besides the projected doubling of food consumption in the next 50 years (Tilman et al. 2002), the growing demand for biofuels and other biophysical products will challenge ecosystem managers worldwide, because of the need to optimize ecosystems with respect to multiple needs.

Such growing demand for biophysical products is closely ...

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