John Dymond, D.Sc., is a principal scientist at Landcare Research, specializing in environmental monitoring and modelling. He has had a varied career, working as a hydrologist with the Ministry of Works (1978-1983), and then as a remote sensing scientist, first with the Ministry of Works (1983-1987), and then with the Department of Science and Industrial Research (1987-1992). From 1992 he has worked as a scientist with Landcare Research contributing to research into sustainable land use and ecosystem services.

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The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MEA) identified many services provided to humans by nature, termed ecosystem services (ES),1 and demonstrated that these services make major contributions to improving human well-being. More recently, the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) study advocated that ecosystem services should be …

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