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International workshop on ecosystem services provided by farmland, hosted by Sapientia University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania

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In the period of 22-25th of August, Sapientia University hosted a major workshop organised within the international transdisciplinary project ‘Sustaining agricultural change through ecological engineering and optimal use of ecosystem services’ - STACCATO.
International workshop on ecosystem services provided by farmland, hosted by Sapientia University, Cluj-Napoca, Romania
In the period of 22-25th of August, Sapientia University hosted a major workshop organised within the international transdisciplinary BiodivERsA project ‘Sustaining agricultural change through ecological engineering and optimal use of ecosystem services’ (acronym: STACCATO), which is coordinated by the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Germany.

The major goal of this project is to advance the long-term sustainable development of land use systems against risks of global change. The research initiative aims at quantifying the sensitivity of ecosystem functions and their subsequent ecosystem services to environmental pressures in representative agriculturally dominated landscapes across Europe. Core project partners comprise people from six European countries: Bulgaria, Romania, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden and Spain. An increasing number of partners became and is expected to become associated to the project. The ecosystem services assessed within STACCATO are: provisioning, regulating and cultural ecosystem services; all having substantial importance for the development of social-ecological sustainability in farming landscapes. These ecosystem service categories will be related to land use intensity, biodiversity and the broad socio-economic system in which they are embedded. The transdisciplinary character of the study is corroborated by the strong collaborations with local stakeholders as well as with the policy-relevant institutions on local, regional, national and international scales.

The major goal of the workshop conducted from the 22nd to 25th of August 2016 was to build upon discussions and agreements reached during the kick-off meeting organized in Sofia (April, 2016) and to further elaborate on the conceptual and methodological framework within which the research is going to be conducted. Twenty-seven people representing each partner of the project attended this workshop. The activities were carried out in two parallel working groups and in plenary: one group developed the methodology for biophysical assessments (including all relevant indicators for provisioning and regulating ecosystem services) and the other group worked with the social aspects of ecosystem service assessments including the involvement of stakeholders. Results from the two groups were synchronized in the afternoon as well as during a field trip to two different areas (Vultureni and near Turda) where the participants could get a first glimpse of the social-ecological features of Transylvanian farmlands.

‘Given the broad range of expertise within this project, we have the rare opportunity to simultaneously assess the provision of multiple ecosystem services like agricultural production, pollination, pest control, carbon sequestration, nutrient cycling and cultural services in agricultural landscapes. Since several conflicts may arise when trying to optimize single ecosystem services one aim of STACCATO is to generate knowledge about how European agricultural landscapes could be managed to ease these conflicts and to assure the multifunctionality of such landscapes. Therefore, we will analyze the taxonomic and functional diversity of multiple species groups, their functions and services along a broad land-use gradient spanning from intensively used landscapes, as in central Germany, to still rather extensively used landscapes, as in Romania. This setting represents an excellent opportunity to combine scientific curiosity, biodiversity conservation and ensuring human well-being.’ – Oliver Schweiger, Senior Scientist at the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ, Halle, Germany.

Romanian teams:
Sapientia Hungarian University of Transylvania: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Tibor Hartel hartel.tibor@gmail.com
Babeş-Bolyai University: Prof. László Rákosy (aszlorakosy@hasdeu.ubbcluj.ro
ADEPT: Răzvan Popa razvan@fundatia-adept.org

Project coordination:
UFZ
Dr. Anja Schmidt A.Schmidt@ufz.de & Prof. Dr. Josef Settele Josef.Settele@ufz.de

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    Pensoft Publishers
    Bulgaria

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Countries (7)

  • Bulgaria, Switzerland, Germany, Spain, Netherlands, Romania, Sweden

Subjects

Agriculture

Keywords

biodiversity, agriculture, sustainability, ecosystems, ecosystemservices
Record Number: 135196 / Last updated on: 2016-09-12
Category: Policy making and guidelines
Provider: WIRE
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