IUFRO LE 2017-7

IUFRO LE 2017-7: Modelling Social-ecological Systems Towards a Sustainable Management of Ecosystem Services: Frameworks, Approaches and Models


Author(s): Martin Schultze and Christine Fürst

Institution(s): Institute for Geosciences and Geography

Managing ecosystems to provide sustainable green and blue services under changing climate pattern constitute major challenges in the age of the Anthropocene. Assessing how management practices affect the provision of these services is still demanding due to multi-scale interactions in social-ecological systems. To address multi-scale spatial and temporal processes that drive a social-ecological system requires innovative conceptual frameworks, transdisciplinary methods and software technologies at the edge of science. In this symposium we aim at investigating (1) how social-ecological frameworks can be embedded in management, planning and governance decisions at landscape level, (2) what kind of integrated models are most appropriate to bridge spatial scales between local needs and global changes and (3) how can combined analytical approaches supporting the sustainable development of social-ecological systems along rural-urban gradients. The session welcomes presentations of social-ecological modelling approaches at multiple spatial scales across all sectors. Special emphasis is given to presentations that focus on highly integrated cross-scale frameworks, including forest and agricultural landscapes. The output of this symposium will be published as an invited special issue in LAND.