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Journal of Environmental Accounting and Management
António Mendes Lopes (editor), Jiazhong Zhang(editor)
António Mendes Lopes (editor)

University of Porto, Portugal


Jiazhong Zhang (editor)

School of Energy and Power Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province 710049, China

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Natural Capital, Ecosystem Services, and Environmental Accounting

Journal of Environmental Accounting and Management 10(3) (2022) 215--217 | DOI:10.5890/JEAM.2022.09.001

Fausto Manes$^{1}$, Elvira Buonocore$^{2}$, Alessandro Paletto$^{3}$, Pier Paolo Franzese$^{2}$

$^{1}$ Department of Environmental Biology, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

$^{2}$ UNESCO chair ``Environment, Resources, and Sustainable Development'', Department of Science and Technology, Parthenope University of Naples, Italy

$^{3}$ Council for Agricultural Research and Economics - Forest Monitoring and Planning Research Unit (CREA-MPF), Villazzano, Trento, Italy

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Natural capital stocks generate ecosystem services flows that are directly used or enjoyed by people, providing benefits to human well-being. Anthropogenic pressures on natural ecosystems cause biodiversity loss and, in turn, affect the capability of natural ecosystems to provide flows of good and services to humans. Environmental accounting represents a useful tool to assess the value of ecosystem goods and services, also providing useful information to local managers and policy makers in charge of implementing management and policy strategies oriented to the sustainable use of natural resources. Given this premise, this special issue includes theoretical, methodological, and applied papers focusing on natural capital, ecosystem services, and environmental accounting.


A special thank is due to all the Reviewers who contributed their time and valuable effort. Without their work and scientific support this special issue would not have been possible.


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