Kathy MacKinnon was formerly lead biodiversity specialist at the World Bank and now serves as one of the vice-chairs of the IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas with responsibility for the Convention on Biological Diversity and Climate Change.

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The world is currently facing a paradox: the true value of ecosystem services is finally being recognized by governments and intergovernmental bodies at the very time that these services are declining more rapidly than ever before. The total economic value of ecosystem services is estimated in terms of tens of trillions of dollars every year, …

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