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ALTER-Net: A Long-Term Biodiversity, Ecosystem and Awareness Research Network

Europe’s ecosystem research network


Statements and questions on Target 2

EU-target 2: Maintain and enhance ecosystems and their services


Statement 1 : The mapping, assessment and valuation of ecosystem services is a utilitarian approach that does not take into account the ecosystem functions and ecological processes, traits and structures that are supported by biodiversity. This approach will be counter-productive for ecosystems of high ecological value that may provide less ecosystem services than more artificial ones near large population centres.

  1. How can research help make the case on the link between biodiversity, ecosystem functions and ecosystem services?


Statement 2 : The mapping, assessment and valuation of ecosystem services will lead to the promotion of ecosystem services that have monetary values instead of multi-functionality of ecosystems for human well-being.

  1. How can research support better informed decision-making processes, in particular with regards to management of trade-offs, synergies and interaction of multiple benefits between different ecosystem services (in particular provisioning versus regulating, maintenance and cultural services)?


Statement 3 : Valuation of benefits from ecosystems is highly arbitrary and complex in the real world of appreciation and will lead to merchandising biodiversity into monetary valuations that rely on traditional economic valuation techniques.

  1. How can research support work on the transition from benefits (i.e. positive changes in our wellbeing from the fulfilment of our needs and wants) to values for which appreciation depends on location, relative scarcity, time in life, or cultural background? In other words, valuation made not only in monetary terms but also by considering the benefits to other values (ethical, cultural, etc.).

LinkedInWe will soon open a discussion around these statements and questions at our LinkedIn group.