WS12: Forest ecosystem services – policies, management and practices

Publicerad: 8 oktober 2018


Robert Lundmark (Luleå University of Technology):
Erik Hysing (Örebro universitet)

Ecosystem services are commonly defined as the direct or indirect contributions of ecosystems to human well-being. As such, they directly or indirectly support human survival and quality of life. From an overall perspective, ecosystems can be classified according to their origin, e.g., agroecosystems, grassland ecosystem, aquatic ecosystem and forest ecosystem. These ecosystems provide many types of services, of which many are in common while some are distinctive. One way to categories the ecosystem services are to divide them into four main types: (1) Provisioning services are the products obtained from ecosystems, e.g., food, fresh water, wood, fiber, genetic resources and medicines. (2) Regulating services are defined as the benefits obtained from the regulation of ecosystem processes, e.g., climate regulation, natural hazard regulation, water purification and waste management, pollination or pest control. (3) Habitat services highlight the importance of ecosystems to provide habitat for migratory species and to maintain the viability of gene-pools and (4) Cultural services include non-material benefits that people obtain from ecosystems, e.g., spiritual enrichment, intellectual development, recreation and aesthetic values.


From a social science perspective, further research is needed to improve our understanding of the social implications, limitations and potential of ecosystem services. Examples of questions that the workshop will address include: What are the policies, management and practice option for ecosystem services? How do they fit in the overall societal schemes? How do we address trade-offs between provided services? The workshop will focus on ecosystem services derived from forests but can also include studies applied on other ecosystems as long as the analyzed service(s) is also provided by forest ecosystems. Interesting areas for the workshop also include studies that discuses alternative definitions, applications and types of ecosystem services. The end result from the workshop discussions is to help inform various stake-holders and decision-makers in managing forest ecosystems and the services they provide.

We hope to combine papers from a wide range of forest ecosystem services and from many areas of social sciences. In addition, no particular methodological approach is more desirable than others. Both quantitative and qualitative studies are welcomed. However, due to the current urgency, studies on climate regulations are particularly welcomed.