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ECOSYSTEMS SERVICES


Ecosystem services related to the NPHK

This research group is currently:

  • Aiming to define the maximum economic scale based on the relationship between human stress, ecosystem state and the cost of a change in state. This requires dynamic integration of economic and biological results in one model! A second aspect of this research will deal with the cost-effectiveness and efficiency of PES (payment for ecosystem services) in a sustainable economy. Again economy, biology and legal analysis should be used in an integrated way. These results should allow to predict how terrestrial ecosystems should be managed in a sustainable and efficient way. The NPHK will function as the model for this study. The different expertises in biology, economy and legal issues in one research institute CMK are a major advantage to succeed.
  • Identifying the trade offs between ecosystem services and economic profit. The general objective is to show that land use change can increase not only ecosystem services, but also economic profit. Among other aspects, one important objective is the identification of an optimal PES scheme, using the NPHK as a case study.

more info: prof. dr. S. Van Passel, dr. N. Witters, S. Daniels

Jurisdictional protection of ecosystem services

Ever since the 90's the scientific world is promoting the idea to protect nature also from an ecosystem services perspective. One of the consequences is the attention for the protection of ecosystem services. Ecosystem services can be briefly described as the advantages men can retrieve from ecosystems and nature. An example of ecosystem services is the supply of clean air and pure water. Mankind derives its welfare from nature and its ecosystems. Nature conservationists can apply this knowledge to convince policymakes of the neccessity to protect the worlds biodiversity.

The research performed in this study will focus on the following questions:

  • Are ecosystems protected sufficiently in the law?
  • Moreover, which adaptations should/could be made in the law to protect the biodiversity better?