Nature and the ecosystem services, the people were enjoying nature freely without payment for the services rendered.
Man is protected by nature from harsh weather conditions through ecosystem services of the environment, but man did not pay for the utility derived from the services. Furthermore, the environment is protected through carbon sink to reduce environmental catastrophes such as acid rain, marine pollution, ozone depletion, global climate change, desertification etc.
All these activities impact on species loss, habitat loss, and reduction of ecological diversity and resiliency and thereby contributing to world economic crises, inflation, debt and starvation.
The significance of nature to man survival compels man to pay for services rendered by nature. The payment is in cash or kind as a reciprocal of the good gesture of nature to man. Such payment may be for planting of more trees or managing of existing diversity to ensure sustainability of the services.
The question is how much will man pay as appropriate compensation?
Blogpost and photo submitted by Dr.J.A.Soaga (Department of Forestry and Wildlife Management, University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria) – soagaj(at)yahoo.com
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