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Illustration: The photo shows under dark clouds a sunlit herd of white-brown cattle on a meadow behind an electric fence. In the background a landscape with meadows, fields and forests can be seen.

Ecosystem services are usually conceptualised as being supplied by nature alone; however, there is increasing evidence showing that most ecosystem services are jointly co-produced by different combinations of natural and anthropogenic inputs. These anthropogenic inputs are also known as capital assets, which include, human, social, technological and financial capital.


The main goal of ESuDis is to understand the different pathways by which anthropogenic and natural capital are combined to sustainably co-produce ecosystem services and contribute to the equitable distribution of these services (Fig. 1).

We will examine how increasing land use intensity and the substitution of natural capital by human, social, technological and financial capital affect (i) the supply of multiple ecosystem services (scientific objective 1), (ii) the distribution of those services across different stakeholders and multiple spatial scales in terms of use and demand (scientific objective 2); and (iii) how supply and distribution relate to the governance of ecosystem services (scientific objective 3).

Picture: The diagram shows information on the conceptual framework of the Esudis project, showing the links between the three work packages, the research objectives and the effects on ecosystem services.
Fig.1 The conceptual framework of the ESuDis project shows links between the different work packages, the research objectives (SO) and the effects on ecosystem services (ES)

WP1: Project conceptualisation, organisation and coordination

  • Task 1.1: Assembling existing data on natural and anthropogenic capital
  • Task 1.2: Stakeholders identification and social survey design
  • Task 1.3: Conducting and coding social survey data
  • Task 1.4: Synthesis and dissemination of the results

WP2: Causes and consequences of the substitution of natural by anthropogenic capital on the supply and distribution of ecosystem services.

  • Task 2.1: Effects of increasing co-production on ES supply
  • Task 2.2: Effects of co-production on ES use
  • Task 2.3: Distribution of ES among stakeholder groups at multiple spatial scales

WP3: Influence of the governance of the different capital on ecosystem services supply and distribution

  • Task 3.1: Assessing interlinkages between governance of ES and co-production
  • Task 3.2: Local governance of ES
  • Task 3.3: Linkages between ES supply and distribution among stakeholders and governance
Picture: The recording from July Two Thousand Twenty shows a screenshot of the Zoom program during a video conference of the project team, consisting of Professor Doctor Berta Martin Lopez, Doctor Maria Felipe-Lucia and Jana Kachler.
Fig.2. ESuDis Team Meeting July 2020

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Isaac R., Hofmann J., Koegst J., Schleyer C., Martín-López B. (2024): Governing anthropogenic assets for nature’s contributions to people in forests: A policy document analysis. Environmental Science and Policy 152, 103657. doi: 10.1016/j.envsci.2023.103657
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More than Trees
Isaac R. (2024): More than trees: Governing anthropogenic assets for nature’s contributions to people in forests. Dissertation, Leuphana University Lüneburg. doi: 10.48548/pubdata-210
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Kachler J., Felipe-Lucia M. R., Isaac R., Bonn A., Martín-López B. (2024): Intrinsic, instrumental and relational values behind nature’s contributions to people preferences of nature visitors in Germany. Ecosystems and People 20:1, 2342361. doi: 10.1080/26395916.2024.2342361
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Kachler J., Benra F., Bollinger R., Isaac R., Bonn A., Felipe-Lucia M. R. (2023): Can we have it all? The role of grassland conservation in supporting forage production and plant diversity. Landscape Ecology 38, 4451–4465. doi: /10.1007/s10980-023-01729-4
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Kachler J., Isaac R., Martín-López B., Bonn A., Felipe-Lucia M. R. (2023): Co-production of nature's contributions to people: What evidence is out there? People and Nature 5 (4), 1119-1134. doi: 10.1002/pan3.10493
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Governance von koproduzierten Ökosystemleistungen: der Weg nach vorn
Isaac R., Albrecht E., Felipe-Lucia M. R., Piquer-Rodríguez M., Winkler K. J., Martín-López B. (2023): Governing the co-production of nature’s contributions to people: the road ahead. Advances in Ecological Research 69, 1-15. doi: 10.1016/bs.aecr.2023.10.001
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Mittels Governance die Komplexität der Koproduktion von Beiträgen der Natur für Menschen steuern
Isaac R., Kachler J., Winkler K. J., Albrecht E., Felipe-Lucia M., Martín-López B. (2022): Governance to manage the complexity of nature's contributions to people co-production. Advances in Ecological Research 66, 293-321. doi: 10.1016/bs.aecr.2022.04.009
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ESuDis (Contributing project)
#Transfer & Society  #2023 – 2026  #Grassland […]

Scientific assistants

Prof. Dr. Berta Martín López
Project manager
Prof. Dr. Berta Martín López
Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Dr. Maria Felipe-Lucia
Project manager
Dr. Maria Felipe-Lucia
Pyrenean Institute of Ecology (IPE-CSIC)
Jana Kachler
Jana Kachler
Roman Isaac
Employee
Roman Isaac
Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
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