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Long-Term Ecosystem Research in Europe

RegioResources 21 - A cross-disciplinary dialogue on sustainable development of regional resources

The European Land-Use Institute and the University of Catania will hold the International Conference RegioResources21. This year conference’s theme is about the relation between planning process (at different scales and sectors) and the Ecosystem Services concept. The latter provides an integrative framework for land-use planning that supports assessment and communication of services provided by ecosystems and land systems. Taking ecosystem services as reference will help to identify trade-offs of planning decisions at the micro and meso scale.
When 18 Sep, 2013 12:00 AM to
20 Sep, 2013 01:00 AM
Where University of Catania, Italy
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RegioResources 21 started in 2011 to establish a permanent cross-disciplinary dialogue on sustainability features in planning, decision and policy making on multiple scale levels. The conference series intends (i) to provide an overview on the most recent questions and innovative solutions and (ii) to facilitate the intellectual exchange and methodological transfer

between different disciplines involved in regional resource management, planning, decision making and policy support.

The 2013 conference will be organized jointly by Global Land Project and the European Land-use Institute as European Nodal Office of the GLP together with the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP), working group 9, Application of Ecosystem Services in Planning, Management and Restoration.

Aims and scope 2013

The ecosystem service concept provides an integrative framework for land-use planning that supports assessment and communication of services provided by ecosystems and land systems.

In planning processes, i.e. land-use planning, regional planning, and urban planning, the concept of ecosystem services will particularly contribute to facilitate the exchange between actors, consensus building on future common goals and interest conflict solving.

Taking ecosystem services as reference will help to identify trade-offs of planning decisions at the micro and meso scale. Also, most ecosystem services depend on the interplay of land-uses in landscape context, their pattern and spatial constellation. The ecosystem services concept will therefore contribute to enhance thinking at landscape scale and support actors in understanding how pattern, function and contribution to human well-being are related at landscape scale.

 

However, perception and application of the ecosystem service concept in planning practice is so far rather limited. Though planning systems often make use of target systems that show many similarities to the ecosystem services concept, there are differences in terminology, assessment methods and addressed scales that impede a wider application of the ecosystem services concept in practice.

 

 

The conference RegioResources 21-2013 addresses the following questions:
  • How to improve the introduction of ecosystem services into planning?
  • How to make use of the ecosystem services concept in planning practice at different scales (from urban to landscape)?
  • How to bring these approaches together in an integrative land-use planning framework?
  • How to foster ES concept for planning authorities and decision makers?

 

We especially address planning approaches in urban planning, water management, forest and agricultural planning from micro to meso scale as well as land-use planning, regional planning and landscape planning from meso to macro scale.

Two  Special Issues based on the contributions to the conference will be published on Ecological Indicators (Elsevier, IF 2.695) and Change and Adaptation In Socio-Ecological Systems (de Gruyter Open Access Journal).

Key-note speakers of the conference are:

  • Prof. Dr. W.-N. Xiang, Shanghai Key Lab for Urban Ecological Processes and Eco-Restoration, East China Normal University, Shanghai, editor-in-chief Landscape and Urban Planning
  • Prof. Dr. Klaus Hubacek, Dept. of Geographical Sciences, University of Maryland
  • Dr. Christian Albert, Inst. of Environmental Planning, Leibniz, University of Hannover
  • Dr. Davide Geneletti, Urban planning and design research group, University of Trento

 

Deadlines:

Registration deadline: August, 5th, 2013

Deadline for abstracts: August 5th, 2013

Abstract acceptance: August 10th, 2013

Payment deadline: August 15th, 2013

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