Studying and applying new policy and resource management approaches founded upon the concept of ecosystem services.
We study (and sometimes work on the application of) new policy and resource management approaches founded upon the concept of ecosystem services. We investigate the design and effectiveness of payments and markets for ecosystem services, as well as the UN-REDD+ framework or “green infrastructure” planning approaches in urban contexts.We also use the ecosystem services approach to develop grounded understandings of socio-cultural processes and ecological-distribution conflicts related to ecosystem management. Specifically, we aim to:
ENABLE aims to advance knowledge of how to design and implement green and blue Infrastructure in a way that maximizes its potential to deliver numerous social and environmental benefits
What is the contribution of Ecosystem Services to the creation of sustainable, just and resilient cities? An environmental justice perspective
Developing multi-scale indexes of socio-environmental vulnerability in rural Spain to devise policies that can promote sustainable rural livelihoods
How do payments for ecosystem services affect conservation motivations and land-use behaviour? How do local institutions, including land tenure and collective action, moderate the effect of payments on motivations and forest cover?
Synthesizing the effects of agricultural intensification on ecosystem services and poverty alleviation.
Advancing insights in tradeoffs and synergies between biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and ecosystem service values for improved integrated biodiversity policy
The main goal of this project was to map and assess ecosystem services in the Province of Barcelona and integrate them in the existing decision-support tool SITxell (Territorial Information System for the Open Spaces Network of the Barcelona Province)