TIGERS-TALK 15: 6.3.17 - Camino Liquete

Ecosystem services assessment and mapping 

Carl-Vogt at 12.15, room 2: 

Dr. Camino Liquete, JRC, Ispra, Italy

Abstract

Many aspects of human wellbeing and economic activities rely on ecosystem functions and processes. For instance, our food security is based on the existence and maintenance of fertile soil; we breathe the air that plants filter; our lives and properties are protected from flooding by soil infiltration, dune systems or riparian forests; and our mental and physical health may depend on the accessibility to green spaces. These contributions of natural ecosystems to human societies are known as ecosystem services (ES). Nowadays, ES are an important policy tool to raise awareness and protect biodiversity. They have also become a priority for the planning and decision-making process in sectors such as conservation, water resource management, resource efficiency, agriculture, forestry or urban development. As a consequence, in the research arena, assessing and mapping ES is more and more necessary to foster sustainable management in multiple planning sectors.

In this talk, I will review some key points about measuring ES, showing practical applications for fresh water ecosystems, marine environments and landscape analyses. The first challenge to apply the concepts of ES in management and decision-making is to have clear assessment frameworks that allow measuring each service and linking them to human well-being. The selection of relevant indicators and metrics is a key element in these studies. The spatial and temporal evaluation of ES can be based on different techniques basically depending on the scale and purpose of the analysis. Another key challenge is usually to integrate biophysical and socio-economic information. The talk will highlight new developments on the topic as well as the relevance of ecosystem services assessment and mapping for policy support.

 

Short bio

Camino has a BSc in Marine Science (University of Vigo, Spain), a MSc in Oceanography and Coastal Geology (University of Vigo, Spain) and a PhD in Earth Science (University of Barcelona, Spain). She is a researcher at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission (Ispra, Italy). Previously she has been working for the University of Barcelona (Spain) and the European Topic Centre for Spatial information and Analysis (Luxembourg). She has also been visiting scholar at the University EAFIT (Medellín, Colombia), Institute of Marine Science (Bologna, Italy) and University of Perpignan (France).

She has (co)authored over 50 scientific publications, including 18 peer-reviewed articles dealing with ecosystem services. She has contributed to 12 European research projects, 8 research contracts and other national/regional projects. She has been part of the working group MAES (Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services) under the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 and she is presently co-chairing the marine & coastal working group of the Ecosystem Services Partnership. Her recent research focuses on the the assessment of ecosystem services (including conceptual frameworks, indicators, mapping and modelling tools, and valuation studies), water and marine management, and science for policy support at the European level.

 

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