Maximizing Ecosystem-Human Well-being Linkages for Sustainable Development
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It is widely acknowledged that ecosystems in their various types and characteristics are life's support systems because of the goods and services (tangible and intangible benefits) humans and other life forms derive from them. As such there is a strong relationship between ecosystems, their services and human well-being, as well articulated lately in the millennium ecosystem assessment (MA)framework (Alcamo et aI, 2003). Further, all human activities (economic, socio-cultural and political) tend to be survival driven and occur in the context of certain types of relationships between people and the biophysical environment.