IUFRO LE 2017-21

IUFRO LE 2017-21: Ecosystem services concept in participatory planning processes through new technologies


Author(s): Marcin Spyra (a, b), Christine Fürst (a), Janina Kleemann (c), Daniele LaRosa (d), Igone Palacios (e)

Institution(s): a) Institute for Geosciences and Geography, Dept. Sustainable Landscape Development, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg, Germany; b) Faculty of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Opole University of Technology, Poland; c) Center for Development Research (ZEF), Department of Ecology and Natural Resources Management, University of Bonn, Germany; d) Department of Civil Engineering and Architecture, University of Catania, Italy; e) University of the Basque Country, Spain.

Experiences in the implementation of the ecosystem concept (ES) in participatory planning are still limited, even though first case studies highlight the benefit of ES in supporting the communication between diverse actors, thus providing support in participatory planning processes. Recent research indicates significant advantages in implementing the ES concept in participatory planning like facilitating the knowledge sharing or contributing to include local experiences. Despite the advantages there are significant risks of ES concept implementation like exclusion of actors due to knowledge access or background. Thus the need for careful guidance on how to implement ES concept in participatory planning becomes evident.

The general aim of the session is to discuss if and on what conditions ES concept can facilitate the participatory planning processes. We would like to give particular attention to the preconditions for a successful implementation of the ecosystem services concept in participatory planning.

As the planned session output we would like to propose to the session participants to develop jointly the online user guidance tool. As the starting point the tool will be based on the recent study, authored by the session conveners, on how ES can be made operational to support participatory planning processes and how to learn from successful examples. The on-line tool will help new-comers in the application of ES in planning, to detect most suitable (similar) case studies to experience training by examples. We plan to describe the tool in the manuscript published in the per-reviewed journal.

In fame of the preparation to the session, using the ESP platform, we would like to perform an on-line survey. The survey will concern to the first general ideas of the on-line guidance tool and its initial results will be presented during the session. The session will be divided into two parts. During the first part, following the introductory presentation by the session hosts, each author of the accepted abstract will perform the oral presentation. Each of the presentations will be followed by the open discussion among all session participants. During the second part of the session the moderated workshop style discussion concerning to the on-line guidance tool will be performed.