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Ecosystem services are the “benefits people obtain from ecosystems”1 or “nature’s contribution to people.”2 Managing forests with a focus on ecosystem services presents new opportunities to preserve services like carbon sequestration and soil protection, as well as valuing and protecting intangible benefits provided by forest ecosystems, including recreation, health and cultural services.

Retro-innovation working for wildfire prevention: Shepherds’ contracts to reduce biomass and maintain fuelbreaks

Innovative contracts are providing extra income and social recognition for shepherds working to reduce forest fire risk. These indicator-based contracts, as well...

Cool, wet, and few people: where Catalan forest ecosystem services abound

If we want to manage forests for maximum welfare outcomes, we need to boost the provision of bundled forest ecosystem services. But to get...

Call for papers: Governing and managing forests for multiple ecosystem services across the globe

Researchers from several scientific disciplines are invited to submit their contribution to this interdisciplinary conference "Governing and managing forests for multiple ecosystem...

Mapping forest innovation across Europe

A map of innovative ways in which forests are being employed and managed to provide benefits to people has been launched by...

Payments for ecosystem services: Piecing together the puzzle to stop ‘Nature’s Dangerous Decline’

The key conclusions of the recent IPBES (Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) Global Assessment provoked urgent newspaper headlines: "nature's...

Engaging with stakeholders for spiritual ecosystem services

Forests are key for society and understanding the importance and the functioning of ecosystem services is fundamental for the healthy and sustainable...

PhD position in social-ecological dynamics and value chains of Mediterranean landscape products

The Faculty of Organic Agricultural Sciences at the University of Kassel in Germany offers a doctoral researcher part-time position with 65% of...

What is mushroom picking worth? Data collection strategies and valuation methods in Catalonia

Mushroom picking is a growing recreational activity in Europe and has a rich history as a traditional practice in many areas across...

New SINCERE paper analyses the context for adopting payments for watershed services

Payments for watershed services (PWS) are an increasingly popular tool for watershed management, also in the Southern Hemisphere. However, the degree of PWS adoption varies...

New territory for non-wood forest products through INCREDIBLE cross-cutting initiative

Non-wood forest products (NWFPs) have considerable potential to play a role in nature-based tourism, generating income especially in inland and rural areas in the...

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Retro-innovation working for wildfire prevention: Shepherds’ contracts to reduce biomass and...

Innovative contracts are providing extra income and social recognition for shepherds working to reduce forest fire risk. These indicator-based contracts, as well...

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