The video was created by Sarah, Taralee, and Jessie of the Emily Carr University of Art + Design in consultation with the David Suzuki Foundation and in partnership with Project Watershed.
The Value of Estuaries
Estuaries are not only one of the most biologically productive types of ecosystem, they are also one of the most valuable. It is difficult to attach monetary worth to these ecosystem services, especially since most are needed for life on earth and are not replaceable with human-made systems, at any cost. Nevertheless, some people believe that estimating the value of ecosystems, even imperfectly, will help people to make better land use decisions. Thus in a 1997 study,The value of the world’s ecosystem services and natural capital, conservatively estimated of the value of ecosystem services performed by estuaries to be US$22,832 per hectare per year. This would give The K’ómoks Estuary a value of over $47 million per year, in 1997 dollars!
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