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Research needs for incorporating the ecosystem service approach into EU biodiversity conservation policy

  • Christian Anton
  • Juliette Young
  • Paula A. Harrison
  • Martin Musche
  • Gyoergyi Bela
  • Christian K. Feld
  • Richard Harrington
  • John R. Haslett
  • Gyoergy Pataki
  • Mark D. A. Rounsevell
  • Michalis Skourtos
  • J. Paulo Sousa
  • Martin Sykes
  • Rob Tinch
  • Marie Vandewalle
  • Allan Watt
  • Josef Settele
Publiceringsår: 2010
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 2979-2994
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Biodiversity and Conservation
Volym: 19
Nummer: 10
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Springer


Using a range of different methods including extensive reviews, workshops and an electronic conference, 70 key research recommendations and 12 priority research needs to integrate the ecosystem services approach into biodiversity conservation policy and funding were identified by a cross-disciplinary group of over 100 scientists and 50 stakeholders, including research funders and policy-makers. These recommendations focus on the ecological underpinning of ecosystem services, drivers that affect ecosystems and their services, biological traits and ecosystem services, the valuation of ecosystem services, spatial and temporal scales in ecosystem service assessment, indicators of ecosystem services, and habitat management, conservation policy and ecosystem services. The recommendations in this paper help steer the research agenda on ecosystem services into policy-relevant areas, agreed upon by funders, researchers and policy-makers. This research agenda will only succeed with increased collaboration between researchers across disciplines, thereby providing a challenge to the research community and research funders to work in new, interdisciplinary ways.


  • Physical Geography
  • Knowledge base
  • Indicators
  • Ecosystem services
  • Biodiversity
  • Conservation policy
  • Valuation
  • Research priorities


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  • ISSN: 0960-3115

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