Growing support for valuing ecosystems will help conserve the planet (by Nature)

... ecosystems have monetary value now has global support ... protecting ...the United Nations Statistical Commission — whose members are responsible for setting and verifying standards for official statistics in their countries — laid out a set of principles for measuring ecosystem health and calculating a monetary value. These principles, known as the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting Ecosystem Accounting (SEEA EA), are set to be adopted by many countries on 11 March ... led by Brazil, Colombia, India, Mexico and South Africa, among others ... countries, rich in biodiversity, want to get on with valuing their natural systems, partly so that any ecological losses can be compared with potential gains from economic development ... United States and a number of European Union countries objected ... that those wishing to compensate low-income and marginalized communities for protecting nature now have an internationally agreed template to work from.

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« … car rien ne se crée, ni dans les opérations de l’art, ni dans celles de la nature, et l’on peut poser en principe que, dans toute opération, il y a une égale quantité de matière avant et après l’opération ; que la qualité et la quantité des principes est la même, et qu’il n’y a que des changements, des modifications. »

Antoine-Laurent De Lavoisier 1789, Traité élémentaire de chimie.