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Capacity Building and Outreach

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Fully implementing ecosystem services concepts and approaches requires capacity building and communication across bureaus and offices, disciplines, and programs. For example a fully quantitative ecosystem service assessment requires specialized technical skills. A critically important aspect of building capacity is facilitating connections between social and natural scientists at the beginning of a project rather than at the end so the link from biophysical observation to human well-being is complete. This is particularly important in agencies where the majority of staff are biophysical scientists not trained in social science. It is also critical to demonstrate the added value of an ecosystem service approach to decision makers. [...]

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