Owen Patterson Bans Ecosystem Services


he is said to have forbidden Defra officials from using the phrase “ecosystem services”, a jargon phrase for the benefits bestowed by the natural world.

So what phrase do we use?  Im all for plain English providing it is done from a position of lucidity and clarity not prejudice and ignorance.

Will Civil Servants, Economists and Academics now go around using the code ward – ‘shropshire services’?

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Posted on October 12, 2012, in politics, Sustainable Development. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. What about “benefits of the natural world?” I’m sure there are many others. Not too tricky. “ecosystem services” is abominable, partly because it implies the ecosystem is there to be pillaged.

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