In this new study, Alejandra Morán-Ordóñez, José V. Roces-Díaz, Lluís Brotons (members of the ESP Mediterranean working group) and colleagues, reviewed the available literature on the use of ecological models to predict global change environmental impacts, to answer the following questions: (1) what are the modelling approaches most commonly used to predict the condition and trends of biodiversity and ecosystem services under future scenarios of global change? (2) what are the drivers of change considered in future scenarios and at what scales? (3) what are the biodiversity/nature and ecosystem services indicators most commonly evaluated? [Read more…] about How are we assessing the future of Mediterranean forests? New publication by members of the ESP Mediterranean working group
New publication on expert-based matrices for ecosystem services assessment from members of the ESP Mediterranean working group
C. Sylvie Campagne and Philip K. Roche from the National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture, Aix-en-Provence, France, have just published the article May the matrix be with you! Guidelines for the application of expert-based matrix approach for ecosystem services assessment and mapping in One Ecosystem, doi: 10.3897/oneeco.3.e24134. [Read more…] about Expert-based matrices for ES assessment
Members of the ESP Mediterranean biome working group contributed to a new publication on global change effects on land management in the Mediterranean region.
In this study, Žiga Malek and colleagues developed a future land use change scenario which demonstrates that sustainable development in the Mediterranean basin would allow for food security as well as the conservation and Mediterranean wetlands. You can access the full publication here.
Recently, Ana Paula García-Nieto and other colleagues of the ESP Mediterranean Biome Working group published an analysis of the “Impacts of urbanization around Mediterranean cities: Changes in ecosystem service supply”. For eight European and four North African cities, we have quantified changes in peri-urban land cover, for periods of sixteen years (1990–2006) in the Northern African, and twenty-two years (1990–2012) in the European cities. Based on land cover changes and using an expert based method, we derived quantitative estimates of the dynamics in the supply of twenty-seven ecosystem services. [Read more…] about New publication on the impacts of urbanization in ES supply by members of the ESP Mediterranean WG