Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Indirect Value

Worth assigned to those components of biological diversity that are not harvested and destroyed by humans, but provide benefits. Indirect values can be applied to such features as water quality, protection from soil erosion and flooding, ecotourism, scientific research, maintenance of normal climate patterns, etc. An examples is nonconsumptive use value, an attempt to place a monetary value on certain types of biodiversity such as the number of crops pollinated by insects or dispersed by wild primates.

Cf. direct value.

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