1. Introduction & Objectives
The capacity of landscapes to concurrently provide multiple ecosystem services is inherently limited and trade-offs occur when one ecosystem service is enhanced at the expense of another. If trade-offs are not acknowledged and identified within a thorough analysis, the effectiveness of any response policy for their management can be potentially impaired. Therefore, impact assessment and trade-off analysis among various types of ecosystem services present a cornerstone of sustainable landscape planning and decision-making. Nevertheless, most land use change decisions are based on incomplete information about the consequences for the involved ecosystems, their services and their effects on human wellbeing. Better tools are therefore needed to capture all the trade-offs involved in land use change and project evaluation, including the economic effects now only partially captured by conventional cost-benefit analysis.
2. Lead Team & Members
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3.Activities and Outputs
Specific activities of the working group currently include:
- Organizing a session on Use of ES in trade-off assessment tools and other DSSat the 8th ESP World Conference, with the aim to present novel approaches to asses ecosystem service trade-offs,
- Preparing a Special Issue in the Ecosystem Services Journal (Elsevier) as an outcome of the session,
- Compiling a Database of available manuals and tools for the assessment of trade-offs among multiple ecosystem services or impact assessment of projects. For this we need your input. If you have a tool/manual please fill out the following Draft factsheet and send it to Inge Liekens. An example factsheet can be found here.
- 2016 European ESP conference: Ecosystem service trade-offs and synergies: patterns across case-studies Book of abstracts, Presentations
- 2015 World ESP 8th conference: Use of ES in trade-off assessment tools and other DSS Book of abstracts, Presentations