This seminar series, which will consist of six events, will take place between October 2007 and September 2009.
The meetings have been designed around a number of themes that allow ideas to be developed and refined as the series progresses. The meetings will take the form of a structured workshop/seminar for up to 30 participants, followed by a public discussion forum that can be attended by a larger number of people. Each event will develop a series of outputs that will inform the discussions at the next meeting.
|Seminar 1||University of Nottingham||Framing ecosystem services and human well-being||23-24 October 2007|
|Seminar 2||University of York||Tools for monitoring ecosystem service delivery: progress towards application||14-15 April 2008|
|Seminar 3||Macaulay Aberdeen||Ecosystem services and sustainable communities||28-29 October 2008|
|Seminar 4||University of Birmingham||Beyond monetary valuation: interdisciplinary perspectives on evaluating services||15 January 2009|
|Seminar 5||University of Liverpool||Ecosystem services: building tools for policy and practice||24 June 2009|
|Seminar 6||The Royal Geographical Society, London||Creating a new prosperity: Fresh approaches to ecosystem services and human well-being||4 September 2009|
The aims of the first five meetings are:
- To understand how ecological processes generate ecosystem services and associated economic and social benefits at different spatial and temporal scales. (Seminar One)
- To understand how concepts of ecosystem health and ecosystem integrity can be used to represent the capacity of natural resource systems to sustain outputs of key goods and services. (Seminar Two)
- To understand how the importance of ecosystem goods and services can be embedded in current approaches to policy development and appraisal at international, national and local scales and what new kinds of methodological tools are needed to support future decision making. (Seminar Three)
- To understand the limits of economic valuation and the role of wider social and environmental values have in decision making and in facilitating stakeholder engagement. (Seminar Four)
- To understand how insights into the production of ecosystems good and services and their associated values at landscape scales can be used to manage multi-functional resource systems. (Seminar Five)
The sixth and final meeting will draw together all the elements of the earlier meetings and provide a clear overview of the progress that has been achieved.