The main challenges for mainstreaming the ecosystem services concepts in practical usage relate to the various trade-offs that arise from:
- the multiple functioning and uses of ecosystems at a given location
- the time period over which functioning and use are being considered
- the effects of local decision making elsewhere, and
- the different ways in which social/cultural and market/non-market values are assigned to ecosystem services
OPERAs addressese these challenges by creating innovative methods to applying Ecosystem services.
Through Knowledge, we are producing a range of outputs including:
- direct outputs aimed at the scientific community through publications in peer-reviewed open-access journals and conference presentations
- the development of Instruments, the operational potential of which are being tested in the demonstration cases in Practice
- specific outputs from Knowledge are being added to the Resource Hub in making the knowledge available to the wider community of scientists and practitioners.
Some of our recent publications:
Collier, M.J. (2015) Novel ecosystems and the emergence of cultural ecosystem services. Ecosystem Services, 9, 166-169
Felipe-Lucia, M., Martín-López, B., Lavorel, S., Berraquero-Díaz, L., Escalera-Reyes, J. & Comín, F.A. (2015) Ecosystem services flows: why stakeholders’ power relationships matter. PLosOne,
Marbà M, Arias-Ortiz A, Masqué P, Kendrick GA, Mazarrasa I, Bastyan GR, Garcia-Orellana J and Duarte CM. (2015) Impact of seagrass loss and subsequent revegetation on carbon sequestration and stocks. Journal of Ecology, 103 (2): 296–302.