Agricultural systems are intensively modified by humans to provide valued goods and services such as food and fiber, but agriculture also directly affects the delivery of other essential ecosystem services (ES) such as water quality and gas regulation.
This website is a collection of research related to the measurement, valuation and enhancement of ecosystem services on agricultural land. The research listed here is part of a six-year research project funded by the New Zealand's Foundation for Research Science and Technology (FRST).
Our Research Objectives are:
to identify the type, quality and quantity of ecosystem services (ES) that occur in 3 types of New Zealand agriculture--arable, pastoral, horticultural
to estimate the marginal economic values associated with ES change under alternative agricultural management regimes
to develop web-based displays, querys and maps of ES
The ultimate goal of these objectives is to enhance the flow of ecosystem services on agricultural lands, thereby improving the sustainability of agricultural production in New Zealand.
Research objectives - more details
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Contact: Lead Principal Investigator: Steve Wratten
National Center for Advanced Bio-Protection Technologies
Phone: +64 3 325 2811 Extn: 8221
Web Profile: Steve Wratten
Professor of Resource Economics
Phone: +64 3 325 2811 Extn: 7807
PO Box 85084,