Rudolf de Groot is associate professor in integrated ecosystem assessment and management with the Environmental Systems Analysis Group of Wageningen University, the Netherlands. He is a landscape ecologist by training and has worked for over 25 years on ecological-economic analysis of the impact of land use and climate change on ecosystem services as a tool for sustainable planning and management. De Groot published over 100 scientific papers, including two books, and was involved as coordinating lead author in the UN-supported Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and the recently published TEEB study. He is
editor-in-chief of the international journal Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services and Management and chair of the Ecosystem Services Partnership.

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Interest in both the science and practice of ecosystem services is on the rise. Many studies have confirmed the economic value of investing in the conservation, restoration, and sustainable use of ecosystem services.1–5 This burgeoning world is now in need of institutions capable of managing the thousands of projects currently devoted to these …

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