Key discussion points:
- Ecosystem services provide an important portion of the total contribution to human welfare on this planet.
- The estimated annual value of ecosystem services is US$16–54 trillion, with an estimated average of US$33 trillion. The real value is almost certainly much larger, even at the current margin. US$33 trillion is 1.8 times the current global GNP.
- As natural capital and ecosystem services become more stressed and more ‘scarce’ in the future, we can only expect their value to increase.
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