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How landscape and nature management offer multiple benefits in an intensive-farmland

23 February 2016/by Trisha Franke and Ben Delbaere/Tags: agricultural landscapes, ecosystem services, farmland consolidation

How landscape and nature management offer multiple benefits in an intensive-farmland

The value of agricultural areas goes far beyond food services. When management is set to enhance various natural elements like valuable roadside vegetation, buffer strips nearby streams, orchards and hedgerows in agricultural landscapes, these areas can provide a multitude of other services to society.

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How is restoration relevant to stewardship?

4 August 2015/by Peter Bridgewater/Tags: restoration, stewardship, management, ecosystem services

How is restoration relevant to stewardship?

Can Landscape Stewardship really include restoration? Even more the concept of novel systems and their management? The upcoming workshops on the implementation of the European Landscape Convention in October have the sub-title “the landscape knows no boundaries”. That is true, but it is as true in time as it is in space, and that’s where restoration, and management of novelty, become important….

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Ecological Foundations of Landscape Stewardship

5 May 2015/by F. Stuart Chapin III/Tags: stewardship; connectivity; ecological integrity and human wellbeing; ecosystem services

Ecological Foundations of Landscape Stewardship

As society seeks to meet the needs of a growing human population and rising aspirations for economic consumption, there has been a corresponding global decline in biodiversity and other benefits that society receives from ecosystems. These changes have accelerated over the last sixty years and may be approaching or exceeding the limits of tolerable environmental change. Given the extensive nature and difficulty of regulating these changes, the rules that govern society’s relationship with the biosphere must be radically redefined in order to promote a healthy and sustainable human-earth relationship.

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New maps reveal large variation in the use of ‘wild food’ across Europe

28 August 2014/by Dr C.J.E. Schulp/Tags: wild food, ecosystem services

New maps reveal large variation in the use of ‘wild food’ across Europe

Wild food is an iconic, sometimes debated but also often enjoyed ecosystem service. Many people enjoy gathering wild plants, fruit or mushrooms, or like to go on a hunting trip. Even more people like to consume food from the wild. Over the past years, in many countries the attention for wild food has been increasing. “Celebrity cooks” use and promote the use of wild plants; cooking magazines feature more wild food in their recipies to more and more people go out and collect wild plants for consumption.

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Sustaining cultural landscape values. The need for a mature ecosystem services approach

7 July 2014/by Tobias Plieninger/Tags: cultural landscapes; driving forces; ecosystem services; landscape management; socio-cultural valuation

Sustaining cultural landscape values. The need for a mature ecosystem services approach

Until recently much of the research on global land-use change was focused on ‘wild’ lands and the shifting agricultural frontier, reporting trends such as deforestation, desertification, disappearance of wetlands, or burning of peatland. In the HERCULES project we acknowledge that we live in a ‘post-wild’ world today. Therefore, we need to pay equal – or if not more – attention to sustaining the values of the many landscapes of the world that have been shaped by human agency over centuries. In a recent special feature of the Ecology & Society journal, we draw attention to the fate of cultural landscapes, seeking to engage with generic processes of change by adopting and adapting an ecosystem services approach that is sensitive to local context.

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Linkages between landscapes and human well-being

20 June 2014/by Claudia Bieling/Tags: Cultural landscape values, ecosystem services, human well-being

Linkages between landscapes and human well-being

What makes life good is one of humankind’s most fundamental questions. Given recent experiences of extreme droughts, soil degradation and a multitude of other existent or foreboding ecological crises around the world, there is increasing acknowledgement that human well-being is tightly linked to the natural environment. However, empirical studies that address this topic in a comprehensive manner have only recently evolved, most notably with the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA 2005). Following a landscape approach with a focus on the cognitive dimension of the human-nature nexus, the HERCULES researchers Claudia Bieling and Tobias Plieninger, together with Heidemarie Pirker and Christian R. Vogl, address this topic in a new paper in “Ecological Economics” (Bieling et al. 2014, http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ecolecon.2014.05.013).

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