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A project of DIVERSITAS aiming at exploring the links between biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and services
Current understanding of the implications of biodiversity change and loss—even at the broadest scale—is still very limited and fragmented. The specific nature of interdependencies between the structure and diversity of biotic communities and the functioning of ecosystems (e.g. biogeochemical processes) remains one of the most important unresolved questions in ecology. Moreover, it is a question that has immense implications for human societies, especially through the delivery of ecosystem services (e.g. production of food and fibre, carbon storage, maintenance of water and soil quality, regulation of climate change).
ecoSERVICES is dedicated to investigating the impact of biodiversity change on ecosystem functioning and services. Its mission is to:
- Understand the link between biodiversity and ecosystem functioning;
- Identify the relationship between ecological functions and ecosystem services;
- Assess the effect of ecosystem service change on human well-being, and evaluate human responses to ecosystem service change.