TWG 2 – Biodiversity & Ecosystem services

1. Introduction & Objectives

Our understanding of the underlying biophysical structures and processes that provide ecosystem services is still limited. To disentangle the complexity of interactions between ecosystem properties and service-provision, the concept of Ecosystem Functions, or Functioning, has been introduced and defined as “the subset-of ecosystem structures and processes providing ecosystem services”. Ecosystem functions determine the capacity of the ecosystem to provide services and are present independent from human perceptions or value judgments. Only when the function (capacity) is actually used, or recognized, it becomes part of the ecosystem services paradigm.

Objective: This working group aims to analyze the relations between biodiversity and other ecosystem properties with ecosystem functioning to better understand, and predict, the capacity of ecosystems to provide ecosystem services.

2. Lead Team & Members

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3. More Information

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