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Nature Provides Valuable Services That Benefit All, Experts Say


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Nature Provides Valuable Services That Benefit All, Experts Say

The watershed of the world’s third largest estuary — the Chesapeake Bay — covers 64,000 square miles and is home to almost 18 million people who benefit from the flood control, food sources and recreational opportunities that the ecosystem provides. Such resources, known as ecosystem services, were the subject of a symposium held at AAAS’ headquarters in Washington, on May 19 where experts explored the role played by the natural forces of ecosystems in protecting adjacent lands and local communities. The event was coordinated by scientists who are current or former AAAS Science & Technology Policy fellows, who bring their scientific expertise to postings in Congress and federal agencies. Session organizers are also members of the AAAS Biodiversity Affinity Group, a collection of the AAAS policy fellows who host symposia on issues related to biodiversity and conservation.


By AAAS, USA.


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