“We are increasingly learning the cost of losing landscapes once thought to be valueless. The wetlands ecosystem provided numerous services to society that we now are beginning to sorely miss,” write the authors at the Center for American Progress.
The new CAP and OXFAM America report by Michael Conathan, Jeffrey Buchanan, and Shiva Polefka “The Economic Case for Restoring Coastal Ecosystems” released this spring makes a solid case – in support of jobs, tourism, commercial fishing, and other businesses. It demonstrates the real values of ecosystem restoration in positive returns both for ecosystems and for our economic outputs.
The strange myth that environmental protection is somehow bad for business clearly could not be further from the truth. In fact, restoration not only protects vital ecosystem services necessary to our survival, but also contributes to positive economic growth and employment. Read The Economic Case for Restoring Coastal Ecosystems via http://cdn.americanprogress.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/CoastalRestoration_report2.pdf
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