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Working definition of Community

It seems to me that if ESRP were to propose a working definition of community it should be something like "An inclusive set of people benefiting from final ecosystem goods and services produced within a defined geographic boundary"

This takes advantage of the recent attempts to create an operational classification system for indicators of final ecosystem goods and services.

This focusses our assessments on valuing the production of services within some manageable boundary (eg. watersheds) while allowing us to derive value from benificiaries outside that boundary. It's a systems minded definition.


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    ESRP and SHCRP should equate communities with beneficiaries. Marc's definition comes close. It requires explicit definitions of the boundaries of the system providing goods and services AND the people benefiting from those goods and services. Those people may or may not be within the system boundaries. However, beneficiaries must exist and be idendified before goods and services become "ecosystem services".

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