Wetland ecosystem services

Dolf de Groot*, Luke Brander, C. Max Finlayson

*Corresponding author for this work

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Wetlands and the ecosystem services they provide are hugely valuable to people worldwide in many ways: For livelihood, for their biodiversity and existence values and for their economic benefits. Yet many of these services, such as the recharge of groundwater, water purification or cultural values are not immediately obvious when one looks at a wetland and most are public services that are not traded in conventional markets. This chapter gives a brief introduction into the concept of wetlands ecosystems services and their values.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Wetland Book
Subtitle of host publicationI: Structure and Function, Management, and Methods
EditorsC.M. Finlayson, M. Everard, K. Irvine, R.J. McInnes, B.A. Middleton, A.A. van Dam, N.C. Davidson
PublisherSpringer Netherlands
ISBN (Electronic)9789048196593
ISBN (Print)9789400714717, 9789048134939
Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2018


  • Coastal wetlands
  • Concept
  • Description and examples
  • Economic valuation
  • Inland wetlands
  • Millennium ecosystem assessment
  • The economics of ecosystems and biodiversity
  • Wetland ecosystem services

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