Media release from from SEQ Catchments
20 November 2012
For many people a weekend away camping or bushwalking is just what’s needed to recharge the batteries for another working week.
But how does a market driven economy place a value on the sound of water flowing, bird song at dawn, the coolness of a rainforest and the scent of clean mountain air?
Often referred to as ‘ecosystem services’, these are the benefits that people receive from the natural environment such as clean air, clean water, healthy soils or just enjoying being in the great outdoors.
Renowned American ecological economist Robert Constanza was in Brisbane yesterday to launch a new framework which is set to revolutionise the way planners and policy makers think about the benefits the environment brings to our way of life, our communities and overall well-being.