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Environmental impact assessment, ecosystems services and the case of energy crops in England

Coleby, Alastor M.; van der Horst, Dan; Hubacek, Klaus; Goodier, Chris; Burgess, Paul J.; Graves, Anil; Lord, Richard; Howard, David. 2012 Environmental impact assessment, ecosystems services and the case of energy crops in England. Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, 55 (3). 369-385. 10.1080/09640568.2011.603958

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Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1080/09640568.2011.603958
Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 onwards > Biodiversity
CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 onwards > Biogeochemistry
CEH Sections: Shore
ISSN: 0964-0568
Additional Keywords: ecosystem services, environmental assessment, agriculture, land-use planning, biomass, stakeholders
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 31 Jul 2012 09:49
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/18952

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