sTeleBES - Telecoupled use of biodiversity and ecosystem services: synthesis of concepts, methods and evidence

First meeting: 28.11.-02.12.2016

Matthias Schröter
Thomas Koellner
Aletta Bonn

iDiv members:
Aletta Bonn
Henrique Pereira
Karin Frank

Project summary:
Ecosystems providing ecosystem services are often located far away from areas where people live and benefit from these services. Such inter-regional flows of ecosystem services can be induced by both human activities and environmental flows. Through use of such ecosystem services, countries can impact on biodiversity and the capacity to provide services beyond their territory. To date, however, national ecosystem assessments regularly consider ecosystem services only within national boundaries. The main aim of this proposed sDiv working group is to create a joint understanding of the problem of inter-regional use of biodiversity and ecosystem services. In a strongly interdisciplinary setting we will develop a conceptual framework, which synthesizes related concepts for framing the problem of telecoupling for provisioning, regulating and cultural ecosystem services. We will identify methods from different disciplines to analyse inter-regional spatial flows of ecosystem services. In particular, we search for new methods that address regulating and cultural ecosystem services for which few assessment methods exist. Based on the conceptual insights from the first workshop, we will prepare a joint review to create a better understanding of the current state of the art of assessing inter-regional flows of ecosystem services and their implications for biodiversity. Based on the results of this review and the second workshop we will develop guidelines for national ecosystem accounting of inter-regional flows of ecosystem services. As telecoupling of ecosystem services is currently under-explored, we will also aim to identify key knowledge gaps and steps forward for advancing this field.

Matthias Schröter (iDiv); Aletta Bonn (iDiv); Jianguo Liu (Michigan State University); Berta Martín-López (Leuphana University); Karin Frank (iDiv); Laura López-Hoffman (University of Arizona); Joachim Maes (Joint Research Centre, European Commission); Meidad Kissinger (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev); Rob Alkemade (PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency); Nynke Schulp (VU Amsterdam); Alexandra Marques (Leiden University); Kenneth Bagstad (World Bank & U.S. Geological Survey); Sebastian Arnold (University of Bayreuth); Sarah Wolff (VU Amsterdam); Carsten Meyer (iDiv), Christian Kuhlicke (UFZ); Jule Schulze (UFZ); Thomas Kastner (Alpen-Adria Universität - Klagenfurth-Vienna-Graz)

Meeting report

Second meeting: 25.- 28.09.2017

Matthias Schröter (iDiv/UFZ); Thomas Koellner (University of Bayreuth); Aletta Bonn (iDiv/UFZ); Sebastian Arnold (University of Bayreuth); Kenneth Bagstad (World Bank & U.S. Geological Survey); Dor Friedman (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev); Carlos Guerra (iDiv); Meidad Kissinger (Ben-Gurion University of the Negev); Janina Kleemann (iDiv); Christian Kuhlicke (UFZ); Jianguo Liu (Michigan State University); Berta Martín-López (Leuphana University); Laura López-Hoffman (University of Arizona); Alexandra Marques (Joint Research Centre Ispra, Italy);  Nynke Schulp (VU Amsterdam); Sarah Wolff (VU Amsterdam); Thomas Kastner (Senckenberg Biodiversity and Climate Research Centre (BiK-F)) 

Meeting report


Schröter M., Koellner T. et al. (2018) Interregional flows of ecosystem services: Concepts, typology and four cases. Ecosystem Services. See here.

Koellner T., Bonn A. et al. (2019) Guidance for assessing interregional ecosystem service flows. Ecological Indicators, Volume 105, Pages 92-106. See here.

Kleemann J., Schröter M. (2020) Quantifying interregional flows of multiple ecosystem services – A case study for Germany. Global Environmental Change. See here.

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