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Ecosystem Services Concept for Environmental Management

The ecosystem services concept enables development of policies that integrate social, economic, and ecological perspectives. Integrated environmental models are prone to support this concept as those can integrate several ecological functions, support the analysis of trade-offs and have been developed to a state where stakeholders can be involved and management solution can be derived. 

How can environmental modelling support the implementation of the ecosystem services concept for environmental management? Towards appropriate methods for investigation, assessment, and implementation of ecosystem services in environmental management. 

Topics of the thread

  • Model based quantifying ecosystem services
  • Use of ecosystem service modelling in regional case studies for environmental management
  • Who is using it where? Examples for the implementation of the ecosystem services concept in environmental management (under stakeholder involvement)

Thus in this thread we seek for discussions on regional studies and model development, that support a biophysical founded assessment of ecosystem services studies. Thus we seek for interdisciplinary examples by focussing on abiotic (water provisioning, regulating, soil protection) as well biotic processes (provisioning services, crop production, pollination, biocontrol). We welcome projects that performance those studies with modelling approaches on different levels of complexity. Second, we seek for investigations that specifically analyze trade-offs and off site effects. Thirdly, we appreciate to see how these results fed into a stakeholder process (for instance using multi criteria analysis and weighting of ecosystem services for assessment). We expect to get excellent examples of these issues to stimulate consistency and creativity of future ESS studies. 


  • Ralf Seppelt, UFZ, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany 
  • Martin Volk, UFZ, Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Leipzig, Germany 
  • Ann van Griensven, UNESCO-IHE, Delft, The Netherlands