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Ecosystems and People

ESP10 Virtual Special Issue

Welcome to this virtual issue, a web page specifically dedicated to the latest ecosystem services research from Ecosystems and People presented at the 10th Ecosystem Services Partnership conference in Hannover (October 21-25). Many Editorial Board members are active ESP members, and presented their latest research at the conference. Below you will find 11 articles published recently in Ecosystems and People selected by Co-Editors-in-Chief, Alexander van Oudenhoven and Berta Martín-López. Many of the papers have been co-authored by active ESP members, or even entire ESP working groups, whereas other papers might be of interest to researchers who attended one of the 50+ sessions during the conference.

Ecosystems and People is an interdisciplinary, fully open access journal that addresses how biodiversity and ecosystems underpin human quality of life, and how societal activities and preferences drive changes in ecosystems. Until 2018, the journal was known as the International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management. More information on the journal’s updated scope and inclusive approach towards scientific publication can be read in this Editorial. Co-Editors in Chief Alexander van Oudenhoven and Berta Martín-López are supported by an active Editorial Board that is balanced in career stage, scientific disciplines and gender.

If you are looking to share your research with a wider audience, read our Aims & Scopes and Instructions for Authors to find out how to submit your research to Ecosystems and People. There is a 15% discount on article publishing charges (APCs) for ESP members.

We look forward to receiving your submissions!

Berta Martín-López and Alexander van Oudenhoven, co-Editors-in-Chief

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  • Inclusive and diverse: Receive support from an actively engaged and diverse Editorial Board, balanced in career stages, gender and disciplines.
  • Interdisciplinary reach: A truly inter- and trans-disciplinary journal that reflects cultural realities and is open to other knowledge systems.
  • Increased visibility: Increase the discoverability and impact of your research by publishing Open Access to reach and influence wider audiences.
  • Discount for ESP members: All ESP members receive a 15% discount on the article publication charges for the journal.

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Editors' Picks

Our Editors have chosen a selection of popular articles relevant to ESP members. If you are inspired to submit your research to Ecosystems and People, read our Aims & Scope, Instructions for Authors, or Submit your research now.

ArticleAuthor
Disentangling ‘ecosystem services’ and ‘nature’s contributions to people’Andrew N. Kadykalo, María D. López-Rodriguez, Jacob Ainscough et al.
Improving ecosystem assessments in Mediterranean social-ecological systems: a DPSIR analysisMario V. Balzan, Ana Martins Pinheiro, André Mascarenhas et al.
Contribution of trees to the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services in agricultural landscapesEdmundo Barrios, Vivian Valencia, Mattias Jonsson et al.
Comparison of methods for a landscape-scale assessment of the cultural ecosystem services associated with different habitats
Arjan S. Gosal, Adrian C. Newton & Phillipa K. Gillingham
Ecosystem services supply in protected mountains of Greece: setting the baseline for conservation managementIoannis P. Kokkoris, Evangelia G. Drakou, Joachim Maes et al.
Analysis of trends in mapping and assessment of ecosystem condition in EuropePaula Rendon, Markus Erhard, Joachim Maes et al.
Evaluating social learning in participatory mapping of ecosystem servicesAna P. García-Nieto, Elias Huland, Cristina Quintas-Soriano et al.
Found in translation: identifying ecosystem services through public consultation statements in a marine spatial planning processBente Sundsvold & Claire W. Armstrong
Mapping ecosystem services bundles in a heterogeneous mountain region Clémence Vannier, Rémy Lasseur, Emilie Crouzat et al.
Quantifying and mapping land use changes and regulating ecosystem service potentials in a data-scarce peri-urban region in KenyaPeter Waweru Wangai, Benjamin Burkhard & Felix Müller
Modelling carbon stock and carbon sequestration ecosystem services for policy design: a comprehensive approach using a dynamic vegetation modelSandra Quijas, Alice Boit, Kirsten Thonicke et al.

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Who are we?

Find out more about the Editorial Board members for Ecosystems and People.

Co-Editor-in-Chief:  Alexander van Oudenhoven is an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Environmental Sciences of Leiden University (CML), The Netherlands. In his research, he studies how land and water management affects nature’s contributions to people, with a particular focus on coastal ecosystems. Next to being Co-Editor in Chief of Ecosystems and People, Alexander is steering committee member of the Ecosystem Services Partnership, and co-chair of its Thematic Working Group on Ecosystem Services Indicators. In addition, Alexander was lead author of the IPBES Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Europe and Central Asia, which was published in 2018. 

Co-Editor-in-Chief: Berta Martín-López is a Junior Professor in Sustainability Science at the Faculty of Sustainability of Leuphana University of Lüneburg, Germany. With a PhD in Ecology and Environmental Sciences, and many years of undertaking applied research, Berta focuses on analysing the dynamics of social-ecological systems at different scales, from local to global. She has been editor of the IPBES Pollinators Assessment and coordinating lead author for the IPBES Assessment Report on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services for Europe and Central Asia. In addition to her commitment as Co-Editor in Chief of the ‘Ecosystems and People’ journal, she serves as editorial board member of Ecology & Society and One Earth. She is also Co-Chair of the Programme for Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) of Future Earth. 

Christian Albert is a Junior Professor for Landscape Planning and Ecosystem Services and Head of the Research Group ‘PlanSmart – Planning and Governing Nature-based Solutions’ at Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany. His research interests include landscape planning, ecosystem services, and sustainability sciences. He served as Lead Author of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services (IPBES) for the Regional Assessment for Europe and Central Asia. Christian is also co-editor of the journal Landscape Online, and serves as editorial board member of Landscape Ecology, and as Subject Editor of OneEcosystem. He is a board member of the German section of the International Association of Landscape Ecology (IALE-DE) and member of the Steering Committee of the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP). 


Neville Crossman is a geographer with over 15 years’ experience in research to support environmental policy and decision making. His areas of interest are the modelling and valuation of ecosystem services, integrated modelling and assessment of socio-ecological systems, and the impact of land use and climate change on natural capital. His recent research has informed public and private sector organisations and NGOs in Australia and internationally. Recent users of his research include the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, European Commission, WWF, Inter-American Development Bank and Rainforest Alliance. He is Treasurer of the Ecosystem Services Partnership, and co-leads its Mapping Ecosystem Services Working Group. He is currently Director of Social-Economics at the Australian Government’s Murray-Darling Basin Authority and holds an adjunct Associate Professor position at the University of Adelaide. 

Matthias Schröter is Postdoc at the Computational Landscape Ecology Department of the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ. Matthias has a broad interdisciplinary background, including landscape ecology, conservation biology, ecological economics and environmental ethics. He holds a PhD in environmental sciences from Wageningen University (Netherlands, 2015). Matthias was lead author in the Regional Assessment for Europe and Central Asia of IPBES. His research focuses on spatial ecosystem service assessments, in particular interregional flows of ecosystem services, telecoupling and coproduction of ecosystem services. Furthermore, he is interested in theoretical-conceptual development of ecosystem services. 


Rob Alkemade obtained his PhD on marine ecology at Wageningen University in co-operation with the Netherlands Institute for Ecology in Yerseke. From 1993 to 2008, he was researcher at the Netherlands Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), where he developed the GLOBIO model for global biodiversity and ecosystem services (www.globio.info). Since 2008, he has been a senior researcher at PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency and guided the applications of the GLOBIO model in scenario studies for Global Environmental Outlooks, Global Biodiversity Outlooks and OECD Environmental Outlooks. From 2014, he is head of the IPBES Technical Support Unit for Scenarios and Models, and lead author of the IPBES scenario assessment. From 2012, he is affiliated to the Environmental Systems Analyses group in Wageningen University, and from 2019 he is special professor on global biodiversity and ecosystem services modelling. 

Edmundo Barrios is an Agricultural Officer at FAO. He provides technical and policy related advice on soil health and ecosystem management to support agroecological transitions to sustainable food and agricultural systems. His PhD at Dundee University (U.K.) and the World Agroforestry Center (ICRAF) researched biological indicators of soil quality in tropical agroforestry systems in Kenya and Zambia. Thereafter, during nearly two decades with the CGIAR based in Colombia and Kenya, his work focused on understanding the impact of land use change and agricultural intensification on soil health and biodiversity and the participatory development of indicators associated to soil-mediated ecosystem services in Latin America and Africa. 


Christine Fürst is a forest scientist by training who developed her research in soil sciences and air pollution impacts (dissertation TU-Dresden, 2010). Her current specialization is on land use / land cover changes and their impacts on ecosystem services (Habilitation University of Bonn, 2013). After an intermediate step in being modeler at KIT (2015 – 2016), she was appointed as full professor (2016) for Sustainable Landscape Development at Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg. She is currently working in ecosystem services assessments and social-ecological systems modelling in Sub-Sahara Africa, Latin America and South-East Asia. Further research interests cover the sustainable development of urban and peri-urban areas, relations between urban and rural landscapes and approaches for supporting participatory planning. 

Davide Geneletti is Associate Professor on Spatial Planning at the University of Trento. He is specialized in impact assessment of projects, plans and policies; ecosystem services in spatial and urban planning; nature-based solutions; multicriteria analysis. Formerly Research Fellow at Harvard University’s Sustainability Science Program and Visiting Scholar at Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment. He has consulted for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), UN-HABITAT, and the European Commission. Founding member of the start-up company Skopia, specialized in anticipation services for environmental, social and economic planning. 


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