How useful is an ecosystem services approach in participatory decision making?

A Natural Capital Initiative hosted session at the European Ecosystem Services Conference

British Ecological Society image of wetland landscape

The Convention on Biological Diversity’s Ecosystem Approach mandates stakeholder participation in (spatial) planning, decision making and priority setting to help preserve ecosystem function.

As part of the European Ecosystem Service Conference, this session will examine the success, and also the limitations, of modelling and mapping focussed on ecosystem services when used to inform participatory planning for sustainable development, valuation, or similar decision making processes.

The session particularly seeks to share experiences in real cases, whether undertaken at national, regional or local scale, and will examine case studies from around Europe and beyond to learn lessons about factors influencing the level of success, how to measure it, and what we can learn from our mistakes. There is a wide literature on decision support tools across a number of domains that we can draw on. However, the Ecosystem Approach, with its transdisciplinary, multi-scale and systemic ethos provides additional challenges. Therefore, the session will seek to consolidate the lessons learnt within this community so we can move forwards on the basis of best practice.

This session is aimed at multi-disciplinary audience including (but not limited to) landscape planners, landscape ecologists, social scientists, land managers, nature conservation officers, and policy makers.

Abstract Submission

  • The session will take place on Thursday 22 September 2016 during the European Ecosystem Services Conference in Antwerp, Belgium.
  • We are currently accepting submissions for abstracts from a range of countries in order to select talks. To submit an abstract, please visit the Conference website for the Abstract Submission Form. More details about the Session, can be found in the session proposal.

This session will be jointly hosted by the ESP mapping and integrated valuation working groups and the Natural Capital Initiative.