Title: Knowledge needs for the operationalisation of the concept of ecosystem services
Authors: CARMEN ESTHERWATT ALAN D.CARVALHO LAURENCEDICK J.FAZEY IOANGRACIA GEMMAGRIZZETTI BRUNAHAUCK JENNIFERIZAKOVICOVA ZITAKOPPEROINEN LEENALIQUETE GARCIA MARIA DEL CAMINOODEE DAVIDSTEINGRÖVER EVELIENEYOUNG JULIETTE
Citation: ECOSYSTEM SERVICES vol. 29 no. Part C p. 441-451
Publisher: ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV
Publication Year: 2018
JRC N°: JRC108268
ISSN: 2212-0416
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2212041616305083?via%3Dihub
http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC108268
DOI: 10.1016/j.ecoser.2017.10.012
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: As environmental challenges and their management are increasingly recognised as complex and uncertain, the concept of ecosystem services has emerged from within scientific communities and is gaining influence within policy communities. To better understand how this concept can be turned into practice we examine knowledge needs from the perspective of the different stakeholders directly engaged with the operationalisation of ecosystem systems concept within ten socio-ecologically different case studies from different countries, levels of governance and ecosystems. We identify four different but interrelated areas of knowledge needs, namely; (i) needs related to develop a common understanding, (ii) needs related to the role of formal and informal institutions in shaping action on the ground, (iii) needs related to linking knowledge and action, and (iv) and needs related to accessible and easy to use methods and tools. These findings highlight the need to view knowledge as a process which is orientated towards action. We discuss the potential to develop transdisciplinary research approaches and the development of tools and methods explicitly as boundary objects in the ecosystem service science community to develop more collaborative practices with other stakeholders and facilitate the operationalisation of the concept of ecosystem services across contexts.
JRC Directorate:Sustainable Resources

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