Introduction to the Special Issue

  title={Introduction to the Special Issue},
  author={Marion Potschin and Roy Haines-Young},
  journal={Progress in Physical Geography},
  pages={571 - 574}
Although geographers have always been eclectic in their approach, the need for broad perspectives and partnerships with other disciplines has never been as important as it is in confronting contemporary environmental problems. This special issue explores a particularly active area of debate concerning the notion of ecosystem services. It looks at new dialogues that are now developing with economists and political scientists, and considers how an understanding of the biophysical characteristics… 
Nature, culture, and the work of physical geography
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Mapping Ecosystem Services: From Biophysical Processes to (Mis)Uses
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Oceans and Blue Economies
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Landscape assessment of engineered and man-made slopes
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The Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Science-Policy Interface
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Ecosystem services: From theory to implementation
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An ecosystem services framework to support both practical conservation and economic development
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Assessing Landscape Functions with Broad-Scale Environmental Data: Insights Gained from a Prototype Development for Europe
The sensitivity of the nine landscape functions to changes in land use was assessed and it was found that most European regions maintain their capacity to provide the selected services under any of the four scenarios, although in some cases at other locations within the region.
Mapping and Valuing Ecosystem Services as an Approach for Conservation and Natural‐Resource Management
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The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity in National and International Policy Making
List of Figures, Tables and Boxes. List of Contributors. Acknowledgements. Preface. List of Acronyms and Abbreviations. Introduction 1. The Global Biodiversity Crisis and Related Policy Challenge 2.
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