Glossary

Definitions of key terms and words used used by the CASCADE project and in this website.


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benefit-cost ratio

The ratio of the present value of benefits to the present value of the costs.

biodiversity

The variety of all life forms - it includes 'genetic diversity', which reflects the diversity within each species; 'species diversity', which is the variety of species; and 'ecosystem diversity', which is the diversity of different communities formed by living organisms and the relations between them. It is sometimes considered at the landscape diversity level.


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