Studying Ecosystem Services at the Ruhr University Bochum

Within the Master Program Transformation of Urban Landscapes (M.Sc) I have been teaching Ecosystem Services using a practical approach, learning by doing. The students are free to choose a topic to develop a practical application, a spatially explicit assessment of Ecosystem Services. We have prepared a video interviewing our 2019 master students, asking them to share their experience.

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Changing paradigm II

These days I have been thinking about my fundamental question, our relationship to nature. The predominant paradigm understands humans and society as a separated body acting from outside and damaging a hopeless nature. That paradigm has its origins in creationist believes, where humans were created as a distinct and special part of the universe. That vision, inherited from religious approaches, still has a subtle influence in the way science shapes its understanding, even though most of the scientific advancement of the XIX and XX centuries has been systematically demonstrating that humans do not have any special place in reality. We …

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Massive interest in our Urban Ecosystem Services Sessions! – Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) 2017 Conference, Shenzhen

Between 11-15 December 2017, the 9th ESP world conference will take place in Shenzhen, China. We have prepared two exciting sessions, containing five sessions on topics related to urbanisation & ecosystem services (B10) and spatial planning (T14). Information about sessions can be found here. Our session B10 entitled Urban Ecosystem Services and Sustainable Urban Development, has received a massive interest. We will host a long session lasting one day and a half, containing in total 27 oral presentations and eight posters. Our session T14 Ecosystem Services assessments and trade-offs. Methods and indicators for spatial planning has been very atractive as well, …

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Integrating ecosystem services supply from future land-use scenarios in protected area management

The establishment of protected areas (PA) is a pivotal strategy to conserve the declining forests and biodiversity worldwide. Due to poor infrastructure and a limited capacity of PA managers, most of the PA’s in developing countries fail to achieve their management targets. In this paper entitled: Integrating ecosystem services supply from future land-use scenarios in protected area management, we explored the potential to integrate ecosystem services (ES) into land-use planning, to better manage PAs in tropical countries. Firstly, we mapped the relative capacity of different land-use/land cover (LULC) to supply ES in and around the Satchari National Park (SNP) located …

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Dynamics of urbanization and Ecosystem Services provision in Latin America

Research about ecosystem services and urbanization is increasing in Latin America. From science & research point of view, it is still necessary to pave the way to put the framework of ecosystem services (ES) into practice, to translating the ES framework to applied disciplines such as urban planning, land planning, and management. This research project attempts to cope with this issue by making a spatial-temporal analysis of UHI trends,

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