Sander van der Ploeg is a junior researcher on ecosystem services for the Foundation for Sustainable Development and part-time project assistant at the Environmental Systems Analysis Group of Wageningen University. His previous work has been on the development of an ecosystem service indicator database for the Dutch Environmental Assessment Agency, the development and publication of an ecosystem services valuation database for the TEEB study, and 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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