Autumn 2013

Autumn 2013

Ecosystem services: Adaptive EU policies for future EU regions.

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International Colloquium: September 30- October 4, 2013 Bratislava

The conservation of biodiversity provides human society with a vast diversity of benefits because genes, species and ecosystems support the provision of numerous services essential for human  survival  and well being. Benefits of resilient ecosystems are often overlooked although scientific evidence have been provided several decades.


Importance of ecosystem services in EU related polices to be addressed by purposeful institutional change to sustainable behavior become main message of international colloquium Ecosystem services: Adaptive EU policies for future EU regions, that took place from September 30 to October 4, 2013 at Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava. Objective of the colloquium was to advance understanding of the effects existing EU legislation and policies on ecosystem service. There is a need to take more steps for the systematic involvement of other sectors in tackling the problems of biodiversity loss and degradation of ecosystems and their services. The priority is the further integration of ecosystem services into regional policy and other policies closely interlinked with biodiversity and ecosystem services was highlighted by 35 workshop participants from 5 countries. This two-day event was organized by CE SPECTRA- join Centre of Excellence of the Slovak University of Technology and Institute of Forest Ecology Slovak Academy of Sciences and in collaboration with  CzechGlobe, Global Change Research Centre, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic and CETIP. The colloquium was also supported by COST Action IS1204 Tourism, Wellbeing and Ecosystem Services (ToBeWell) and EU FP7 EcoFINDERS.

Panel discussion provided science-policy platform to addressed the role and challenge of strategic planning for integration of ecosystem services into regional and other related policies of the EU chaired by Tatiana Kluvankova-Oravska, CE SPECTRA. Main panelists were Bedrich Moldan from Charles University in Prague and first minister of the Environment in Czech Republic, Jan-Erik Petersen from European Environment Agency chairing research on European ecosystem capital accounts and Rastislav Rybanic Director General, Department of Nature Protection and Landscape Development at the Slovak Ministry of Environment. Key questions where how can ecosystem services concept contribute to the well being of EU regions and what are possible measures and steps to be taken on the road map from disparities to diversities?

ES-intro-Kluvankova – presentation
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Petersen – presentation
Rybanic – presentation
SPECTRA- presentation

Research workshop concentrated on actual research challenges, chaired by Veronika Chobotova (CE SPECTRA) and by David Vackar (CzechGlobe) concentrated on further  cooperation of SPECTRA and CzechGlobe. Program started with a research overview from the perspective of Institute of Forest Ecology, Slovak Academy of Sciences (Lubica Ditmarova, Miroslav Blazenec and Tatiana Kluvankova-Oravska) and Pavel Cudlin (CzcheGlobe)  that presented main fields of their research and projects. Other guests, many from Czechglobe but also from Environmental Social Science Research Group in Hungary, and SPECTRA introduced their research results. After presentation part, fruitful discussion about problems and possible cooperation between present researchers was lead. The international colloquium highlighted the need to take more steps for the systematic involvement of multiple sectors in tackling the problems of biodiversity loss and degradation of ecosystems and their services.

List of presentations

Cudlin - presentation
Frelichova – presentation
Harmackova - presentation
Chobotova — presentation
Pataki_Kalóczkai - presentation
Loučková – presentation
UEL-SAV – presentation
SPECTRA-SEA – presentation

The pilot behavioral experiment: Behavioural change and Incentive for sustainable use: Payments for ecosystem services was part of the event held in Virtual Laboratory of Experimental Social Sciences (VEEL) –join working place of SPECTRA. The research aims to evaluate the impact of different (agricultural) policies on collective action in regard to investments in public goods, such as ecosystem services. The quality of ecosystem services results – among other things – from how individuals’ decisions affect each other and from how they are regulated by decentralized norms and centralized governance schemes, legislations, policies and various forms of economic incentives. Experiment targets to increase the understanding of agricultural policies that helps to create and protect the ecosystem services such as to test the hypothesis if monetary incentives might crowd out intrinsic motivations. The experiment is the product of SPECTRA Centrum of Excellence in cooperation with Centre for the Study of Institutional Diversity at Arizona State University.

Guest lecture of 2013 titled: COHESION-COHERENCE-COOPERATION was given by professor Andreas Faludi a chair in Spatial Policy Systems in Europe at Delft University of Technology.

The lecture was opened by Robert Redhammer, President of Slovak University of Technology and chaired by Maros Finka Director of CE SPECTRA, Slovak University of Technology.

Professor Faludi concentrates on spatial and strategic planning. He is a member of Association of Dutch Planners (BnSP), Association of European Schools of Planning (AESOP), Faculty Associate, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, MA, NUW: Foundation the Northsea-region in an Urbanised World.