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A project of DIVERSITAS exploring the links between biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and services, and human well-being
Ecosystems play a key role for human well-being and the sustainable development of the relationship between people and the environment. Over the last decade, ecosystem “services” have been established as a unified term to encompass the sum of benefits people derive from ecosystems. Several conceptual frameworks have been proposed for exploring the links between biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being. Numerous successful applications have rendered the concept highly popular. The DIVERSITAS ecoSERVICES project has played a key role in these developments and now enters into a second phase, coinciding with the transition to Future Earth and involving new partnerships.
ecoSERVICES is dedicated to investigating the impact of biodiversity change on ecosystem functioning and services, and human well-being. 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.
This mission frames its scientific strategy.