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Research Focus on Ecosystem Services

Research projects

  • EBeMÖS - Erfassung und Bewertung von Meeresökosystemen und Ökosystemleistungen der deutschen Nord- und Ostsee
    The overall goal of the project is to assess the ecosystem services of the German seas in the 12 nautical miles zone and in the the exclusive economic zone and to evaluate them monetarily. This can support political decisions in this area in a variety of ways. EBeMÖS will both contribute to the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive MSRL and support Actions 5 and 14 of the 2nd target of the EU Biodiversity Strategy.
    Leaders: Malte Oehlmann (adelphi)
    Team: Kristin Kuhn, Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2020
    Sponsors: Bundesamt für Naturschutz (BfN)
    Lifespan: 20.11.2019 - 31.05.2022
    Push–pull technology is a strategy for controlling agricultural pests by using repellent ('push') and trap ('pull') crops. The EU-funded UPSCALE project aims to scale up the understanding and applicability of push–pull from individual fields to farm, landscape and regional scales, and from cereal to other crops and cultivation systems. By determining the factors influencing push–pull success across scales, the project will enable the targeted implementation and prediction of push–pull effectiveness and resilience under current and future climate conditions. By harnessing the benefits of push–pull technology across scales and crops, UPSCALE will catalyse the design and widespread implementation of climate-smart and environmentally friendly food production in East Africa and beyond.
    Leaders: Emily Poppenborg
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2020
    Sponsors: EU Horizon 2020
    Lifespan: 01.11.2020 – 31.10.2025
  • ModBieN - Flächenhafte Modellierung der Bestäubungsleistung in Niedersachsen für ein nachhaltiges und regionales Landschaftsmanagement
    Bestäubung durch Insekten zählt zu den regulierenden Ökosystemleistungen und stellt eine wichtige Basis für die Bereitstellung zahlreicher wertvoller, für den Menschen nutzbarer Güter dar. In ModBieN sollen anhand des GIS-basierenden Modells ESTIMAP Habitate für Wildbienen in Beispielräumen Niedersachsens flächenhaft modelliert werden, um Handlungsempfehlungen für eine nachhaltige Naturnutzung bereitzustellen.
    Leaders: Benjamin Burkhard (PhyGeo)
    Team: Malte Hinsch, Jens Groß, Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2019
    Sponsors: Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt DBU
    Lifespan: 01.12.2019 - 30.11.2022
  • MOVE-ON: From case studies to anchor projects - Setting the ground to advance MAES in Europe’s overseas
    The ongoing work on MOVE (which this consortium is running) has already showed that the steps forward in the implementation of MAES (Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services) in the European Overseas involve (i) tailoring existing methodologies, or develop new ones, taking into account common specificities and needs, (ii) providing opportunities for knowledge exchange and collaborative work and (iii) promoting the involvement of decision makers in initiatives with practical relevance.
    Leaders: Artur Gil (University of the Azores)
    Team: Ina Sieber, Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2019
    Sponsors: European Commission
    Lifespan: 01.05.2020 - 30.04.2023
  • MAIA - Mapping and Assessment for Integrated ecosystem Accounting
    MAIA (Mapping and Assessment for Integrated ecosystem Accounting) aims to mainstream natural capital and ecosystem accounting in EU Member States. The work is carried out in the context of the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2020 Target 2 Action Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES).
    Leaders: Lars Hein (Wageningen University)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard, Sylvie Campagne
    Year: 2018
    Sponsors: EU Horizon 2020
    Lifespan: 11.2018 - 04.2023
  • ROSEMARIE - Blue health and wealth from the Baltic Sea – a participatory systematic review for smart decisions
    ROSEMARIE conducts systematic reviews on Baltic Sea ecosystem services (ES) and their contribution to human health and wellbeing and analyses methods and models to estimate both monetary and non-monetary values of marine ES.
    Leaders: Soile Oinonen (Finnish Environment Institute SYKE)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard, Kristin Kuhn
    Year: 2018
    Sponsors: EU BONUS
    Lifespan: 01.10.2018 - 31.03.2020
  • ECOSEO: Ecosystemic Services Observatory of the Guiana Shield
    Main aims of ECOSEO are: 1) Definition of a transnational strategy for the conservation and valorisation of ecosystem services and associated socioeconomic benefits; 2) Identification, monitoring and communication about the main ecosystem services shared at the regional scale (water, biodiversity, carbon); and 3) Improve access to data & information on land cover/use and ecosystem conditions at the regional level.
    Leaders: Philippe Thibault (WWF French Guyana)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard, Ina Sieber
    Year: 2018
    Sponsors: European Union, Water Basin Office Guyana
    Lifespan: 01/2018 - 12/2020
  • MOVE: Facilitating MAES to support regional policy in OVerseas Europe: mobilizing stakeholders and pooling resources
    The general objectives of MOVE are to (1) build a collaborative network of local agents from a significant number of EU Outermost regions, EU Overseas countries and territories and mainland Europe teams, in order to (2) engage stakeholders in identifying local priorities for the Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES) and (3) collaborating in the development of case studies addressing those priorities.
    Leaders: José Azevedo (University of the Azores)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard, Ina Sieber
    Year: 2018
    Sponsors: European Commission
    Lifespan: 01.04.2018 - 31.03.2021
  • IMAGINE - Integrative Management of Green Infrastructures Multifunctionality, Ecosystem integrity and Ecosystem Services
    The IMAGINE project team supports the idea that sustainable territorial management requires a transition from the management of natural resources that degrades the ecological integrity of ecological systems to an adaptive management that preserves it while improving human well-being. With 6 partners from 5 countries and 6 case study sites, IMAGINE aims at quantifying the multiple functions, ecosystem services and benefits provided by Green Infrastructures.
    Leaders: Philip Roche (INRAe, France)
    Team: Sylvie Campagne, Marie Perennes, Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2017
    Sponsors: EU ERA-NET/Horizon 2020 BiodivERsA
    Lifespan: 03.2017 - 11.2020
  • Designing a concept for the cumulative assessment of anthropogenic stress
    Leaders: Claus-Dieter Dürselen (AquaEcology GmbH)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2012
    Sponsors: UBA UFOPLAN
    Lifespan: 08.2012 - 02.2014
  • Establishing indicators for evaluating and managing natural heritage sites of the DBU
    Leaders: Stefan Klotz (UFZ Halle)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2011
    Sponsors: Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt (DBU) (German Federal Environmental Foundation)
    Lifespan: 04.2011 - 12.2012
  • LEGATO - Land-use intensity and Ecological EnGineering – Assessment Tools for risks and Opportunities in irrigated rice based production systems
    In order to advance long-term sustainable development of intensive land use systems against risks arising from multiple aspects of global change, LEGATO plans to quantify the dependence of ecosystem functions (ESF) and services (ES) that they generate in agricultural systems in South East Asia. The focus is on local as well as regional land use intensity (including the socio-cultural and economic background) and biodiversity, and the potential impacts of future climate and land use change.
    Leaders: Josef Settele (UFZ Leipzig)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2011
    Sponsors: Federal Ministry of Education and Research
    Lifespan: 03.2011 - 10.2016
  • EnvEurope - Environmental quality and pressures assessment across Europe: the LTER network as an integrated and shared system for ecosystem monitoring
    EnvEurope proposes a design for environmental high quality monitoring and long-term research sites and the exemplary establishment of common parameter sets to be collected across the largest site-based network of Long-Term Ecosystem Research in Europe (LTER Europe), which was recently established (2006) under the auspices of the FP6 Network of Excellence ALTER-Net, building on existing infrastructures and thus a lot of valuable data series.
    Leaders: Alessandra Pugnetti (Institute of Marine Sciences Venice, Italy)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2010
    Sponsors: EU LIFE
    Lifespan: 01.2010 - 12.2013
  • EcoChange - Assessment of Freshwater Ecosystems under Global Change
    The Sino-German network EcoChange will be established to bring together experts in the field of hydrology, hydrobiology, remote sensing, soil science and ecosystem theory to assess the impacts of global change on freshwater ecosystems by identifying meaningful ecological indicators. These indicators will be brought together in a comprehensive indicator model to support integrated decisions in sustainable freshwater management.
    Leaders: Nicola Fohrer (CAU Kiel)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2009
    Sponsors: Sino-German Centre for Research Promotion, DFG/NSFC
    Lifespan: 01.2009 - 12.2011
  • CLMIRF - Changing landscape management in rural Finland
    The aim of the "Changing landscape management in rural Finland CLMIRF" project is the analysis of patterns of anthropogenic land use, their dynamics and relations to the provision of ecosystem goods and services. Different scenarios for the ecological, social and economical long-term impacts of different land use options will be developed and assessed. The ultimate goal is to develop a tool to assess how the ecosystem services could be used in sustainable land use planning. The project and the co-operating partners will support the development of a model for sustainable development for the low productive forestry areas in northernmost Finland.
    Leaders: Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2007
    Sponsors: DAAD und Finnische Akademie der Wissenschaften
    Lifespan: 01.2007 - 12.2010
  • Zukunft Küste - Coastal Futures
    Coastal Futures deals with questions of a sustainable and Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM) at the western coast of Schleswig-Holstein. The individual subprojects are focused on the integrated analysis of the interactions between various types of coastal use as well as the interactions between human activities and the coastal ecosystem. Coastal Futures describes a joint research project supported by national and international scientific institutes, national authorities, the State Ministries of Schleswig-Holstein as well as regional and transnational institutions.
    Leaders: Andreas Kannen (HZG Geesthacht)
    Team: Benjamin Burkhard
    Year: 2004
    Sponsors: Federal Ministry of Education and Research
    Lifespan: 06.2004 - 04.2010