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.