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ALTER-Net: A Long-Term Biodiversity, Ecosystem and Awareness Research Network

Europe’s ecosystem research network


Workshop on Ecosystem Services

Ecosystem services concept at the interface between supply and demand

Organizers: Ilse Geijzendorffer (Irstea), Philip Roche (Irstea) and Berta Martin Lopez (UAM)
When: Wednesday 17 April 2013
1 day
Number of participants: Limited to 40

The aim of this one day workshop is to make progress on the ES conceptual frameworks and their implementation.

This one day seminar is an opportunity to revisit the conceptual frameworks for ecosystem services. What are the limitations for implementation? Can they be overcome? How to tackle (some of) the obstacles and the downsides? We aim to have an open and interactive workshop aiming to propose options to strengthen the conceptual framework of ecosystem services and the relation between society and nature.

Our workshop consists of two parts. In the morning, we will have invited presentations from different perspectives and experiences with ecosystem services frameworks and their implementation. In the afternoon, we plan to discuss an ES conceptual framework linking demands and provision of ES, and to apply it to case studies and/or specific ecosystem services in order to identify and advance on bottlenecks in the implementation.

When you register for our workshop, we will send you the framework we will be using in the afternoon session so that you can prepare your contribution (e.g. a service or a case study you would like to bring in, or aspects for implementation that you consider to be missing when looking at the framework). Any comments before the workshop are also very welcome to improve the working sessions on the day itself and advance the framework beforehand.

The output and comments throughout the day will form the input for a paper on the basis of the contributions during the workshop session.

For practical reasons, the number of participants for this workshop is limited to 40.

Preliminary Program

9.00-9.10 Welcome
9.10-9.30 Phlippe Roche (IRSTEA) Current use of ES frameworks in practice - a literature review

Martin Sharman (retired from EU Brussels, future
nature guide)

Conservation of biodiversity undermined by the ES concept
10.00-10.30 Berta Martin-Lopez (UAM) and Paul Opdam (ALTERRA) Implementing Ecosystem Services in adaptive landscape governance
10.30-10.50 Sanna-Riikka Saarela (SYKE) Use of ES frameworks in the EU FP7 project OPENNESS
11.00-11.30 Coffee/Tea break
11.30-11.50 Fernando Santos Martín (UAM) Use of ES frameworks in the Spanish national Ecosystem services assessment
11.50-12.10 Eveliene Steingröver (ALTERRA)
Use of ES frameworks in the INTERREG project GIFT-T
12.10-13.00 Plenary discussion and explanation for the afternoon
13.00-14.00 Lunch


14.00-14.20 Ilse Geijzendorffer (IRSTEA) Ecosystem services at the interface between supply and demand: a framework approach
14.20-14.35 Objectives and organization of the afternoon workshop

Work in three groups on ecosystem service categories (i.e. provisioning,
regulating-supporting, and cultural)

16.00-16.30 Coffee/Tea break
16.30-17.15 Presentation of findings from the different groups
17.15-17.50 Final discussion
17.50-18.00 Thank you to all participants + follow up of this workshop