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Open Access Towards a National Ecosystem Assessment in Germany: A Plea for a Comprehensive Approach

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Abstract:

We present options for a National Ecosystem Assessment in Germany (NEA-DE) that could inform decision-makers on the state and trends of ecosystems and ecosystem services. Characterizing a NEA-DE, we argue that its cross-sectoral, integrative approach would have the advantages of increased scientific understanding, addressing specific policy questions and creating science-policy dialogues. Challenges include objections against a utilitarian perspective, reservations concerning power relations, and responsibilities concerning the funding.

Keywords: assessment; biodiversity; ecosystem services; science-policy dialogue; transdisciplinary approach

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.14512/gaia.26.1.8

Publication date: 2017-01-01

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