Geographia Polonica (2010) vol. 83, iss. 2

Socio-economic responses to the environment and ecosystems services in regional development

Marek Degórski

Geographia Polonica (2010) vol. 83, iss. 2, pp. 83-95 | Full text

With environmental conditions coming to play an ever-greater role in regional development,this paper has sought to determine how multi-functionality of the environment relatesto the formation of regions’ development potential, by way of attractor gravity and increasedregional viscosity. The attendant analysis has addressed both the theoretical foundations forthe modelling of reality and of presentation of the potential for ecological-economic modelsto be used in the devising of development policies. The proposals made in consequence offera new perspective on the environment and the role it is playing in socio-economic development,particularly where responses to ecosystem services are concerned.

Keywords: environment, ecological-economic models, socio-economic development, ecosystem services

Marek Degórski [], Institute of Geography and Spatial Organization Polish Academy of Sciences, Twarda 51/55, 00‑818 Warszawa, Poland