According to a recent new study, citizen science has the potential to address some of the biggest concerns and challenges facing biodiversity researchers. This study has found that volunteers already save biodiversity research huge sums of money; but, that their contributions are underused by the scientific community.
The effect of global change on biodiversity is difficult to monitor, as change is occurring at a global scale over long periods of time. The resources needed to track and analyse in detail the effects of climate change, pollution, invasive species, land use change and overexploitation are huge.
However, citizen science approaches may help scientists and researchers to effectively tackle biodiversity issues and environmental problems in a way that is not prohibitively expensive.
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The economic benefits of restoring natural ecosystems outweigh the costs, according to new research. The study examined the financial costs and benefits of restoring a range of ecosystems, including those found in marine, inland and coastal habitats, and concludes that in most cases the large value of ecosystem services provides a net economic benefit.
Natural ecosystems provide a vast array of services that support human well-being and have real economic value. For example, a study of Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) in Costa Rica showed that companies were willing to invest € 143.000 per year for watershed protection.
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