Session at ESP Europe 2018 Regional Conference

  • DATE / TIME:
    2018/10/18    14:30 - 18:00
    San Sebastián, Spain

    Organiser: ESP – Ecological Services Partnership

    Host: Marion Mehring, ISOE – Institute for Social-Ecological Research


    Karla Locher-Krause, UNU-FLORES

    Ecological and societal changes not only affect the provision of ecosystem services (ES), but also influence people’s needs and lifestyles. This leads to far-reaching changes in the use of natural resources. At the same time, changes in the quality and scope of ES can influence societal processes, such as intensifying the trend towards urbanisation. These interactions between societal processes and biodiversity are called the social-ecological dynamics of ES. These dynamics can lead to conflicts as different interest groups have different demands on ES. However, these social-ecological dynamics of ES have only recently gained attention within ES research.

    There are not only interdependent temporal and spatial dynamics between ES supply and demand, but also a social dimension which needs to be considered. In particular, access to ES, human investments into ES supply, ES bundles use, and social differentiation are important aspects that need further elaboration in this context. The session “Ecosystem Services Supply and Demand: Why Social-Ecological Dynamics Matter” (G3) presents case studies on the interaction between ES supply and demand particularly focusing on the interdependent relationship highlighting the temporal, spatial or social scale, as well as potential conflicts resulting thereof. Furthermore, discussions on institutional aspects and governance approaches trying to tackle these conflicts are also welcome.

    At this session, UNU-FLORES Research Assistant Karla Locher-Krause (Systems and Flux Analysis Considering Global Change Assessment Unit) will present on “Ecosystem Services Supply and Beneficiary’s Assessment: The Role of Landscape Structural Connectivity in a Highly Transformed Patagonian Landscape”.


    As the threats of climate change are becoming more noticeable, the importance of ecosystem services and natural capital as our ’life insurance’ is gaining more acknowledgement inside and outside of the academic world. The contributions of ecosystems to human wellbeing is essential but our understanding of ecosystem functions and services is still incomplete and mostly theoretical, whereas the demand from both policymakers and practitioners for guidance on how to implement ecosystem services thinking is growing.

    Implementation of the ecosystem services concept into everyday decision making and practice is crucial to achieve the societal and economic paradigm shift needed for the transition to a more sustainable society, safeguarding biodiversity, and restoring natural ecosystems. To accelerate this transition, the ESP Regional Europe Conference 2018 is organised under the theme: ‘Ecosystem Services in a Changing World: Moving from Theory to Practice’.

    The ESP Europe Regional Conference is part of the bi-annual cycle of ESP regional conferences around the globe organised by the Ecosystem Services Partnership.

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    20002 Donostia – San Sebastián