Blind spots in ecosystem services research and challenges for implementation

S. Lautenbach, A.C. Mupepele, C.F. Dormann, H. Lee, S. Schmidt, S.S.K. Scholte, Ralf Seppelt, Astrid van Teeffelen, W. Verhagen, Martin Volk

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Ecosystem service research is high on the policy agenda. Strategies to synthesize individual success stories and derive generalized results to provide guidance for policy makers and stakeholder is central to many science-policy initiatives, such as IPBES and TEEB. However, generalization requires the documentation of basic information on methods and results of case studies, which might not be present through out all case studies. We did a quantitative review based on a random sample of studies published in the ISI Web of Knowledge between 1996 and 2016 to identify blind spots in ecosystem service research that might hinder the generalization. We structured our analysis along critical questions about five facets that characterize the holistic ideal of ecosystem services research: (i) social-ecological validity of ecosystem data and models; (ii) consideration of trade-offs between ecosystem services; (iii) recognition of off-site effects; (iv) comprehensive and shrewd involvement of stakeholders; and (v) relevance and usability of study results for the operationalization of the ecosystem service concept in practice. Results show that these facets were not addressed by the
majority of case studies including more recent studies. Clusters of ecosystem services studied together were prone to different blind spots. To effectively operationalize the concept of ecosystem services, the blind spots need to be addressed by upcoming studies. A list of critical questions is provided to raise the
awareness of the blind spots both for synthesis of existing knowledge and for future research agendas.
LanguageEnglish
JournalRegional Environmental Change
Early online date14 Jan 2019
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Lautenbach, S., Mupepele, A. C., Dormann, C. F., Lee, H., Schmidt, S., Scholte, S. S. K., ... Volk, M. (2019). Blind spots in ecosystem services research and challenges for implementation. Regional Environmental Change. DOI: 10.1007/s10113-018-1457-9
Lautenbach, S. ; Mupepele, A.C. ; Dormann, C.F. ; Lee, H. ; Schmidt, S. ; Scholte, S.S.K. ; Seppelt, Ralf ; van Teeffelen, Astrid ; Verhagen, W. ; Volk, Martin. / Blind spots in ecosystem services research and challenges for implementation. In: Regional Environmental Change. 2019
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Lautenbach S, Mupepele AC, Dormann CF, Lee H, Schmidt S, Scholte SSK et al. Blind spots in ecosystem services research and challenges for implementation. Regional Environmental Change. 2019 Jan 14. Available from, DOI: 10.1007/s10113-018-1457-9