The challenge that this WG faces, is going beyond quantification of the natural system that forms the basis for ecosystem service provision, to incorporation of multiple tradeoffs, multiple scales and a wide range of social dimensions. This requires a broad interdisciplinary team from science and humanities fields that can jointly identify and explore the most crucial components of the system that need to be observed.

Our primary audiences are national, regional and global decision makers, who, through their policies, can influence institutional structures, management practices and human behaviors that eventually affect the status of ecosystems and components of human well being to which they are linked. Specifically, we aim to work closely with governments and NGOs in the countries that we work in as a team; for example, the European Union, the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), UN SDGs, UNFCCC, Ecosystem Services Partnership, and the Convention of Biological Diversity. Given the strong science basis of our work, we also aim to influence and inform the academic and scientific community addressing similar issues.

About

Leads

Patricia Balvanera
National University of Mexico
Tuyeni Heita Mwampamba
National University of Mexico

Key Objectives

  • To foster the development of a global observation system of ecosystem services, that takes into account the socio-ecological systems in which ecosystem services are generated and appropriated
  • To identify the essential ecosystem service variables for effective observation of ecosystem services status and trends, including their supply, use, value and contributions to well-being
  • To conduct and facilitate trend assessments and monitoring of ecosystem services at different spatial scales, including the exploration trade-offs between ecosystem services and across temporal and spatial scales
  • To work closely with regional and global decision makers to identify priority exploration, synthesis, and outputs that the WG can deliver
  • To inform on progress towards Sustainable Development Targets, and other global and regional environmental policy targets taking into account essential ecosystem service variables
  • To contribute to important policy-science processes such as IPBES and to the appropriate conventions
Activities
Activities Leads Collaborators Partners Date of finalization
1. Concepts and guidance
1.1 Essential Ecosystem Service Variables (EESV) Develop a conceptual paper of the EESV with example indicators Patty + Ilse Tuyeni, Berta Martin-Lopez, Mike, Anna Cord, Matthias Schröter, HyeJin, Carlos Zambrana-Torrelio, Danny Karp, Domingo Alcaraz-Segura, Carlos Guerra, Vânia Proença, Guy Ziv, Alessandro Gimona Nicolas, Artur Gil, Bruno Locatelli, María Vallejos, Antonio J. Castro, Valua Drakou, Kate Brauman  Elena Bennett Cornelia Krug, Cristina Domingo  December 2017
1.2 Dialogue with policy bodies

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Link to the CBD, IPBES and other global and national bodies to learn about needs Tuyeni Patty, Haejin, Benoit, Cornelia,, HyeJin, Artur Gil (for the case of Small Islands Developing States), Claire Brown, Cornelia Krug
1.3 Global framework of ecosystem services (GFES) Deliver conceptual paper and proof of concept of how the ecosystem services community can link Patty + Gary Geller HyeJin, Carlos Z, Carlos Guerra, Artur Gil, CLaire Brown, Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne, Cornelia Krug
1.4 Ecosystem Services in Global Sustainability Policies

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Link ecosystem services with Aichi targets and SDGs and explore how indicators can help to monitor policy goals Ilse Emmanuelle Cohen-Shacham, Anna Cord, Wolfgang Cramer , Carlos Guerra, Berta Martín-López, Kai Chan TdV, IUCN, UFZ, IMBE, iDIV and Leuphana University Submission December 2016
2. Spatially explicit observations
2.1 Ecosystem services and remote sensing

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Outline the challenges and opportunities for assessing and monitoring ecosystem services using remote sensing Anna Cord Guy Ziv,, Ralf Seppelt, Becky Chaplin-Kramer, Kate Brauman, Andreas Huth, Matthias Schröter, Karla Locher, Domingo Alcaraz-Segura, Valia Drakou, Ana Stritih, Maria Vallejos, Daniela Braun, Petteri Vihervaara, Alessandro Gimona,Artur Gil (in islands), Ivette Serral, María Vallejos, Elena Bennett, Cristina Domingo  Submission December 2016
2.2 Metadata and data standards for remote sensing

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Data standards for remote sensing data on ecosystem services Valia Drakou, Joan Maso, Jan Philipp Schägner Roland Krämer, Artur Gil, Ivette Serral, Cristina Domingo UBO, CREAF, JRC, June 2019
2.3 Cultural ecosystem services

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Challenges and opportunities for monitoring cultural ecosystem services using remote sensing or other global datasets (e.g. social media big data) Guy Ziv  Anna Cord, Matthias Schröter, Jan, Roland Krämer, Artur Gil, Bruno Locatelli, Kai Chan, Valia Drakou, Philipp Schaegner
2.4 Social ecological indicators for IPBES Developing indicators on social-ecological systems and ecosystem services for IPBES Patty Balvanera Tuyeni Mwampamba, Berta Martin-Lopez, Ilse Geijzendorfer, Domingo Alcaraz-Segura, María Vallejos, Carlos, Artur Gil, Antonio J. Castro, Vânia Proença, Cornelia Krug
2.5 Relational values Challenges and opportunities for monitoring relational values Kai Chan Berta Martín-López, Tuyeni Mwampamba, Patricia Balvanera
2.6 Multi scale assessments of ecosystem services

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Challenges and opportunities for developing multi-scale assessments of ecosystem services Elena Bennett Nicolas, Artur Gil (in islands), Bruno Locatelli, Claire Brown, Ilse Geijzendoffer, Guy Ziv, Anna Cord; María Vallejos, Becky Chaplin-Kramer, Ciara Raudsepp-Hearne
2.7 Tradeoffs among ecosystem services

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Monitoring trade offs of ecosystem services through space and time Becky Chaplin-Kramer

Ciara Raudsepp -Hearne, Patty Balvanera

Anna Cord, Artur Gil (in islands), Bruno Locatelli, Daniel Karp, Antonio J. Castro, Guy Ziv, Elena Bennett,Alessandro Gimona Natural Capital Project March 2018
2.8 Social ecological dynamics and ecosystem services

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Identifying essential variables for assessing the functioning of social ecological systems and ecosystem services Domingo Alcaraz-Segur, J.Cabello, ,Antonio J. Castro, Manuel Pacheco  Artur Gil, María Vallejos, Matías Mastrangelo, Vânia Proença University of Granada, University of Almería Idaho State University, University of Buenos Aires , Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata December 2017
3. Ecosystem services in practice
3.1 BON-in-a-Box for ecosystem services Develop the Ecosystem Services section of bon in a box with a range of tools for ecosystem services Nicolás, Benis & Valia Jan, Alessandra, Jean Didier Akpona UBO
3.2 Test EESV at national and sub-national level Testing the implementation of EESV to guide policy at a range of scales and social-ecological conditions Tuyeni & Ilse Nicolas, Kristine, Artur Gil (in islands), Jean Didier Akpona, Benoit, Anne-Julie, Tuyeni, Vânia Proença, Ivette Serral, Cristina Domingo
3.3 Ecosystem services at global scales

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Parametrizing indicators for ecosystem services through time at global scales for IPBES Kate Brauman, Lucas Garibaldi Guy Ziv, Philipp Schaegner
3.4 Directory of ecosystem services assessments Developing a directory of operational programs on ES monitoring at supra-national, national and infra-national  scales Anna Cohen Artur Gil (in islands)
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