Title: Institutional challenges in putting ecosystem service knowledge in practice
Authors: SAARIKOSKI HELIPRIMMER EEVASAARELA SANNA-RIIKKAANTUNES PAULAASZALÓS RÉKABARÓ FRANCESCBERRY PAMGARCIA BLANKO GEMMAGOMEZ-BAGGETHUN ERIKCARVALHO LAURENCEDICK JANDUNFORD ROBERTHANZU MIHAILHARRISON PAULAIZAKOVICOVA ZITAKERTÉSZ MIKLÓSKOPPEROINEN LEENAKÖHLER BERITLANGEMEYER JOHANNESLAPOLA DAVIDLIQUETE GARCIA MARIA DEL CAMINOLUQUE SANDRAMEDERLY PETERNIEMELÄ JARIPALOMO IGNIACIOMARTINEZ PASTUR GUILLERMOLUIS PERI PABLOPREDA ELENAPRIESS JORGSANTOS RUISCHLEYER CHRISTIANTURKELBOOM FRANCISVADINEANU ANGHELUTAVERHEYDEN WIMVIKSTRÖM SUVIYOUNG JULIETTE
Citation: ECOSYSTEM SERVICES vol. 29 no. Part C p. 579-598
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Publication Year: 2018
JRC N°: JRC108275
ISSN: 2212-0416
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212041617300141?via%3Dihub
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC108275
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.07.019
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The promise that ecosystem service assessments will contribute to better decision-making is not yet proven. We analyse how knowledge on ecosystem services is actually used to inform land and water management in 22 case studies covering different social-ecological systems in European and Latin American countries. None of the case studies reported instrumental use of knowledge in a sense that ecosystem service knowledge would have served as an impartial arbiter between policy options. Yet, in most cases, there was some evidence of conceptual learning as a result of close interaction between researchers, practitioners and stakeholders. We observed several factors that constrained knowledge uptake, including competing interests and political agendas, scientific disputes, professional norms and competencies, and lack of vertical and horizontal integration. Ecosystem knowledge played a small role particularly in those planning and policy-making situations where it challenged established interests and the current distribution of benefits from ecosystems. The factors that facilitated knowledge use included application of transparent participatory methods, social capital, policy champions and clear synergies between ecosystem services and human well-being. The results are aligned with previous studies which have emphasized the importance of building local capacity, ownership and trust for the long-term success of ecosystem service research.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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