Towards a national ecosystem assessment in Germany: a plea for a comprehensive approach

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Christian Albert, Carsten Neßhöver, Matthias Schröter, Heidi Wittmer, Aletta Bonn, Benjamin Burkhard, Jens Dauber, Ralf Döring, Christine Fürst, Karsten Grunewald, Dagmar Haase, Bernd Hansjürgens, Jennifer Hauck, Mandy Hinzmann, Thomas Koellner, Tobias Plieninger, Sven Erik Rabe, Irene Ring, Joachim H. Spangenberg, Ulrich Stachow & 2 others Henry Wüstemann, Christoph Görg

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.

Original languageEnglish
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)27-33
Number of pages7
Publication statusPublished - 2017

    Research areas

  • Assessment, Biodiversity, Ecosystem services, Science-policy dialogue, Transdisciplinary approach

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