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Fact Sheet 2010–3082

Assessment of Goods And Valuation of Ecosystem Services (AGAVES) San Pedro River Basin, United States and Mexico

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A consortium of federal, academic, and nongovernment organization (NGO) partners have established a collaborative research enterprise in the San Pedro River Basin to develop methods, standards, and tools to assess and value ecosystem goods and services. The central premise of ecosystem services research is that human condition is intrinsically linked to the environment. Human health and well-being (including economic prosperity) depend on important supporting, regulating, provisioning, and cultural services that we derive from our surrounding ecosystems. The AGAVES project is intended as a demonstration study for incorporating ecosystem services information into resource management policy and decisionmaking. Accordingly, a nested, multiscale project design has been adopted to address a range of stakeholder information requirements. This design will further facilitate an evaluation of how well methods developed in this project can be transferred to other areas.

First posted December 1, 2010

For additional information contact:

USGS Rocky Mountain Geographic Science Center
Box 25046, Mail Stop 516
Denver, CO 80225

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Semmens, Darius, Kepner, William, and Goodrich, David, 2010, Assessment of goods and valuation of ecosystem services (AGAVES) San Pedro River Basin, United States and Mexico: U.S. Geological Survey Fact Sheet 2010–3082, 4 p.

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