UNESCO biosphere reserves aim to conserve biodiversity and satisfy human needs through ecosystem services, the beneficial contributions of ecosystems to people. For a better understanding of the relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem services it is crucial to analyse how ecosystem services are coproduced, i.e. how they result from biodiversity on the one hand and from human management on the other hand. The aim of BIOSHARE is to spatially analyse how ecosystem services are coproduced in different zones of biosphere reserves. The provisioning services crop production, grazing, and timber harvest, the regulating services soil fertility and pest control, and the cultural services recreation and landscape aesthetics will be studied.
The Klaus Tschira Boost Fund will be used to do exploratory and preparatory work to kick-start a larger, long-term research project led by the applicant. In particular, the funding will be used to 1) employ two research assistants to assist the applicant in building a global database containing information on biosphere reserve zoning, targeted ecosystem services and biodiversity in the respective biosphere reserves, and a geo-database containing land use intensity and ecosystem service data at different spatial resolutions, 2) organise a synthesis workshop with leading experts in the field, 3) fund two short research stays of the applicant and travel to initiate field studies.
... would run more marathons, hike more day tours, have a bigger garden to grow even more of my own vegetables and start a bicycle workshop.
Name: Dr. Matthias Schröter
Research field: Ecosystem services
Institution: Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Department of Computational Landscape Ecology