Cultural services are often brought up in the close vicinity of cities, subject to overlaping land uses by human and wildlife. Consequently, conflicts arise whose management is not yet well addressed through current planning and management instruments.

SERVICES - Social-ecological research and technological innovations for improved integration of cultural ecosystem services in participatory planning processes

Project time period:
January, 2017 to December, 2018

Cultural ecosystem services contribute to a sustainable development of cultural landscapes. Conserving European natural as well as cultural heritage is essential to provide proper habitats for flagship species (wolf, lynx or bear). However, ecosystem services in spatial planning have often been associated to natural experiences, based on floristic or topographical criteria, while the experience of wildlife observation is more a recently upcoming topic. SERVICES addresses the following challenges:

  1. How to integrate species-specific behaviours in spatial planning to control habitat functions?
  2. How do new modelling approaches improve the participatory planning process at the interface between the ecosystem and land system?
  3. How to involve various research institutes, regional stakeholders and local inhabitants?

Cross-border cooperation among countries (e.g. Poland or Romania), which host potential donors of wildlife population are quite important for the (re-) settlement of flagship species. The main goal of SERVICES will be to strengthen the research focus as well as to publish the outcomes in a synthesis paper. Furthermore, the consortium applies for one or more international research funding programs.


GLP Themes: Land governance, Urban-rural interactions, Land use and conflict

GLP Methods: Co-production and transdisciplinarity, Decision support tools and approaches, GIS, Integrative Assessments, Interdisciplinary methods, Modelling, Participatory methods, Past land use/historical land use reconstruction, Qualitative social science methods (interviews, observations, document review, surveys), Remote Sensing, Social network analysis, Spatial Analysis, Synthesis/meta-analysis/meta-study, Visualization/Scenarios

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