Biodiversity and Conservation

, Volume 19, Issue 10, pp 2979–2994

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

Authors

    • Department of Community EcologyHelmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ
    • Nationale Akademie der Wissenschaften Leopoldina
  • Juliette Young
    • Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
  • Paula A. Harrison
    • Environmental Change InstituteOxford University Centre for the Environment
  • Martin Musche
    • Department of Community EcologyHelmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ
  • Györgyi Bela
    • Environmental Social Science Research GroupSzent István University
  • Christian K. Feld
    • Department of Applied Zoology/HydrobiologyUniversity of Duisburg-Essen
  • Richard Harrington
    • Department of Plant and Invertebrate EcologyRothamsted Research
  • John R. Haslett
    • Department of Organismal BiologyUniversity of Salzburg
  • György Pataki
    • Environmental Social Science Research GroupSzent István University
  • Mark D. A. Rounsevell
    • Centre for the study of Environmental Change and Sustainability (CECS), School of GeosciencesUniversity of Edinburgh
  • Michalis Skourtos
    • Department of EnvironmentUniversity of Aegean
  • J. Paulo Sousa
    • IMAR-CMA, Department of Life SciencesUniversity of Coimbra
  • Martin T. Sykes
    • Department of Earth and Ecosystem SciencesLund University
  • Rob Tinch
    • Median SCP
  • Marie Vandewalle
    • Department of Earth and Ecosystem SciencesLund University
  • Allan Watt
    • Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
  • Josef Settele
    • Department of Community EcologyHelmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s10531-010-9853-6

Cite this article as:
Anton, C., Young, J., Harrison, P.A. et al. Biodivers Conserv (2010) 19: 2979. doi:10.1007/s10531-010-9853-6

Abstract

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.

Keywords

BiodiversityConservation policyEcosystem servicesIndicatorsKnowledge baseResearch prioritiesValuation

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2010