A/Prof Marjan van den Belt is Assistant Vice-Chancellor (Sustainability) at Victoria University, New Zealand. She is an Ecological Economist. In her previous role as Director of Ecological Economics NZ at Massey University,her research focussed on participatory decision support systems and making visible the benefits people get from ecosystems pertaining to cities, rivers, oceans and coastal zones. Prior, she was an adjunct lecturer at the University of Vermont and an independent research consultant working on projects worldwide. She has a Masters in Business Economics (Erasmus University Rotterdam, Netherlands) and a PhD in Marine Estuarine Environmental Science (University of Maryland, USA).

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Quantifying the benefits humans derive from ecosystem services is important if they are to be taken into account in the current political climate. Such valuation provides an appreciation of the magnitude of the scale of the benefits derived by humans and recognition of the importance of protecting the “non-market” and intrinsic …

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