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Europe: the paradox of landscape change : A case-study based contribution to the understanding of landscape transitions
Sluis, Theo van der - \ 2017
University. Promotor(en): Bas Arts, co-promotor(en): Bas Pedroli. - Wageningen : Wageningen University - ISBN 9789463438094 - 227
europe - case studies - landscape - change - landscape conservation - land use dynamics - cultural landscape - regions - urbanization - rural areas - policy - ecosystem services - agri-environment schemes - europa - gevalsanalyse - landschap - verandering - landschapsbescherming - dynamiek van het ruimtegebruik - cultuurlandschap - regio's - urbanisatie - platteland - beleid - ecosysteemdiensten - agrarisch natuurbeheer

This thesis explores the processes of change in European rural landscapes. Landscapes have evolved over millennia as a result of human influence on the physical environment. Europe has a wide variety of landscapes that can alter within a relatively short distance, and which often form part of the national cultural identity of a European country. Central to this thesis, however, are insights into the processes of landscape change.

In this context, the overall objective of this thesis is: To assess the dynamics of landscape change and increase the scientific understanding of the underlying processes and policies that have shaped the rural landscapes of Europe after establishment of the EU.

The focus is on the period following the establishment of the European Economic Community in 1965, which is hypothesised as the main driver of landscape change. European policies have an important direct impact on national and regional policies. The way that European policy transposition took place, existing governance structures and policy cultures also defined how ‘European policy’ influenced countries and regions. The object of this study is in particular the changing rural landscape, including the role of European agricultural policies, such as the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and conservation policies (for example Natura2000) in these changes.

The thesis uses an integrated approach to assess the various processes of landscape change: land use transitions, urbanisation of the countryside, land use intensification, extensification or abandonment. These processes are linked to drivers of landscape changes, the role of policies, and how these affect the landscape processes.

Research questions

The research objective requires unravelling the correlations between land-related policies and landscape change in the EU, the drivers of landscape change and in particular how policies affect the European landscape. To operationalise this objective, the following research questions are addressed:

What are the major landscape change processes occurring in different regions of Europe?

What are the drivers of landscape change in different regions of Europe, and what is the role of EU-policies in particular?

How do landscape changes affect the provision of landscape services?

How does the implementation of conservation policies affect processes of landscape change?

Which effective strategies and future pathways can be followed to conserve valuable cultural landscapes?

The thesis consists of an introductory chapter, five chapters each addressing one of the research questions, and a concluding synthesis: putting the findings together and indicating their potential significance for research and policy. The first chapter introduces the theoretical framework, which focusses on the benefits (goods and services) that landscapes provide, satisfying human demands directly or indirectly. The framework recognises the institutions, the policies (indirect drivers), as well as natural and anthropogenic drivers of landscape change. The five central chapters have each been submitted to international peer reviewed scientific journals, three of which have been accepted, and one has been revised and resubmitted.

Research question Q1, ‘What are major landscape changes occurring in different regions of Europe?’ is addressed by interviewing 437 farmers in six selected study areas in Denmark, the Netherlands, Austria, Greece and Romania (Chapter 2). The aim of this survey was to acquire a better understanding of farmer’s decision making, the environmental conditions and the landscape change processes taking place. The focus is on intensification and extensification processes in the case-study areas and regional similarities and differences. A statistical analysis of land use intensity was carried out on the basis of the interviews.

Research question Q2, ‘What are the drivers of landscape change in different regions of Europe, and what particularly are the role of EU-policies?’, discusses the factors and drivers of change in a meta-study of six countries (Chapter 3). This study is based on stakeholder’s interpretations of change processes, using Fuzzy Cognitive Mapping. Groups of landscape experts participated in five workshops to jointly construct a cognitive map of landscape change processes over the past 25 years. The study examines in particular the storylines of the processes of landscape change. Two cases of Mediterranean and Boreal landscapes, are detailed.

Question Q3, ‘How do landscape changes affect the provision of landscape services?’ is addressed in Chapter 4, and discusses five European case studies with regard to changes in landscape services. The analysis is based on observed landscape changes by comparing maps for periods of up to 25 years. The changes were interpreted in terms of the consequences for landscape services, and related to European policies of landscape change.

Question Q4: ‘How does the implementation of conservation policies affect processes of landscape change?’ is discussed in Chapter 5 through focus on landscape governance. The transposition of European policy is assessed using the case of the Habitats Directive in four countries: Denmark, Greece, The Netherlands and Romania. It is assessed how legislation is locally translated and how this ‘fits’ the national governance system.

The last Question, Q5: ‘Which effective strategies and future pathways can be followed to conserve valuable cultural landscapes?’ is addressed in Chapter 6 on Mediterranean landscape change. Two ‘iconic’ Greek and Italian cultural olive yard landscapes were compared. Both landscapes have a centuries-old farming system. Long-term data sets on landscape change (exceeding 100 years) were combined with map data, interviews and literature, to discuss the characteristics of cultural landscape management, opportunities and potential risks for the future of these cultural landscapes.

The final chapter, Chapter 7, reflects on the results and presents the conclusions of the previous chapters, and on the scientific and societal significance of the thesis as a whole. It is concluded that the landscape in Europe is permanently changing as a result of complex interacting drivers. Policy has been one of the important drivers, but the landscape changes that have taken place are the outcome of various economic drivers and policies. The paradox is that the intentions of different European and regional spatial policies have been ambitious with regard to rural development, environmental quality, conservation of natural habitats and cultural heritage. In the end however, the complex interactions among direct and indirect drivers led to unintentional changes negatively affecting landscape value, resulting in land degradation, loss of cultural values and biodiversity. In other words, dominant drivers of landscape change (global economy, European policies) resulted in an outcome of landscapes that are preferred by the majority of the agricultural and forest sector, but otherwise no specific stakeholders were targeted, an outcome which was not envisaged by the policies.

Without efficient allocation of land resources and failing to regulate sustainable use, the landscape services are declining One approach to meet the diverse demands for landscape services is to focus on the provision of multiple benefits, using a multifunctional land use approach. The assumption thereby is that a multifunctional landscape has all aspects of a sustainable, liveable and biodiverse landscape.

The case studies landscapes in this thesis are characterised by different approaches that differ in multifunctionality: the marginal areas in southern Europe are less embedded in the global economy, and demonstrate high multifunctionality. Denmark and The Netherlands show typical ‘lowland agriculture’, that are weakly multifunctional. The Eastern European landscape cases in Romania and Estonia have higher multifunctionality, but the opportunities for change towards multifunctionality are less than in Western Europe. The opportunities are mostly dictated by environmental conditions, in particular the marginality of land, and the economy. Farming in these regions may have been profitable in the past, but abandonment is looming if no measures are taken to counteract economic driving forces.

The cultural landscapes such as in Lesvos and Portofino are particularly highly multifunctional. These old social systems are in decline: landscapes have deteriorated and changed since they have not been well maintained. The discontinuance of traditional management has occurred due to ageing populations, a lack of labour, skills and high costs. If iconic cultural landscapes are to be preserved for the future, deterioration must be halted. Traditional knowledge, skills and techniques are key for maintaining valuable cultural landscapes, such as in Italy and Greece, but also cultural landscapes in Western Europe like England or France, or traditional landscapes in Hungary or Poland. Solutions must be found to preserve the knowledge and traditions of landscape management, but also funds and labour are required to maintain these landscapes.

European landscapes have been permanently changing as a result of complex interacting drivers. Policy is one of the important drivers, but the landscape changes that take place are not the outcome of ‘a’ policy which steers the landscape development, but as the outcome of globalisation, economic drivers and policies; mostly the CAP, Rural Development Plan (RDP) and national forest policies which affect to a large measure the landscapes. There is no European policy for landscapes: landscape is not a prerogative of the EU.

Therefore, a tailor-made approach is essential for European policies implemented in each member state, taking into account the structure and functioning of existing national institutions, without losing sight of the overall aims of the policy. This requires input from the recipient countries in designing regulations, adapting them to existent institutions and modifying historical and current practices.

Holmes’ framework for changing modes of occupancy (use of rural space) has been used, whereby landscape transitions are considered the result of a changing balance between societal consumption, conservation and production. Landscapes where (agricultural or forestry) production is less dominant, may allow for more multifunctional policies that counterbalance the dominant position of production. Most countries do not have policies that fill the ‘gap’ of multifunctional landscape management. Gaps exist for landscapes not subject to Natura 2000, high nature value farming areas, outside urban zones, locations not affected by the Water Framework Directive or national forest policies, or those insufficiently covered at present by effective planning for multifunctional land use.

Existing (sectoral) schemes need to be re-examined with respect to multifunctionality. Potential multifunctional impacts should be considered in policymaking, e.g. payment schemes in the CAP or in Natura 2000, and about appropriate target areas for measures. Making more funds from CAP and RDP available for multifunctional land use could lead to more land sharing.

Landscapes, particularly iconic cultural landscapes, can benefit from mechanisms that allow the costs incurred by lower agricultural production to be covered. Payments for regulating and cultural services could be integrated in funding programs, e.g. through better targeting of Agri-Environment Schemes (AES) at smaller farmers in these valuable landscapes. Funding schemes should ensure that small, multifunctional farmers particularly in need support benefit. Better use must also be made of the added value potential of multifunctional effects. Increased multifunctionality would benefit the attractiveness of the countryside for residence, recreation and tourism.

Countries implement policies differently, but key success factors for multifunctional landscapes are the existence of locally- appropriate institutions that implement multifunctional policies. Building of new institutions can be time consuming and requires staff development.

Policy instruments on their own may be insufficient to harmonise the different aims of multifunctionality. Despite the AES, biodiversity and landscape quality is declining. The domination of some functions requires interventions and choices about trade-offs to be made (Arts et al. 2017). Given the dominant power of globalisation and European markets, payment for landscape services alone is ineffective, requiring additional incentives for the valorisation of these services, and to stimulate multifunctionality. Regional integrative approaches could be supported, with positive examples provided in the cases of alternative funding schemes, and how obstructions for such experiments can be tackled.

Finally, stakeholder involvement in landscape governance appears promising as a way to better meet the socio-ecological context within a landscape, provided that stakeholders address different scale levels. This requires a dynamic process to mobilise stakeholders, and flexibility of the government towards negotiations and conflict management at the landscape level. In particular, these last issues can be decisive for successful landscape governance. Different landscape governance arrangements are currently being tested in Europe which demonstrate new avenues. Notwithstanding some successful stakeholder involvement in landscape management, there are also challenges: in all such processes, there is a risk that collaboration results in power inequalities that affect the outcome, or may give certain groups more benefits than others, which may make the process unsustainable. It remains, therefore, important that the concept of multifunctional landscapes is integrated in existing legislation and regulations, and further integrated into land-related policies.

It depends: : effects of soil organic matter in aboveground-belowground interactions in agro-ecosystems
Gils, Stijn Herman van - \ 2017
University. Promotor(en): Wim van der Putten; David Kleijn. - Wageningen : Wageningen University - ISBN 9789463436526 - 176
soil organic matter - agroecosystems - aphidoidea - fertilizers - wheat - rape - crop yield - ecosystem services - nutrient availability - pest control - organic farming - organisch bodemmateriaal - agro-ecosystemen - kunstmeststoffen - tarwe - koolzaad - gewasopbrengst - ecosysteemdiensten - voedingsstoffenbeschikbaarheid - plagenbestrijding - biologische landbouw

Over the last decades agricultural production increased drastically due to the use of external inputs. However, the use of external inputs has high environmental costs and may negatively influence ecosystem processes such as pollination and pest control that underpin agricultural production. Soil organic matter has been proposed as a potential alternative to external inputs as it relates to multiple yield promoting ecosystem processes. The aim of my thesis is to assess whether and how soil organic matter content alters the effect of some ecosystem processes and external inputs on crop yield. I examined whether soil organic matter alters biomass of wheat and oilseed rape under fertilizer supply. Other biotic and abiotic factors that operate at different spatial and temporal scales are also included in some of these experiments. I found that under controlled conditions soil organic matter may reduce the positive effect of mineral fertilizer supply on crop biomass. The reduction changed with the presence or absence of a pathogenic root fungus, but not with drought stress. Moreover, soil organic matter enhances performance of aphids under controlled greenhouse conditions, but the enhancement was less than fertilizer supply. None of these controlled experiments, however, showed that soil organic matter can be an alternative to mineral fertilizer supply. Under field conditions soil organic matter did not strongly affect plant nutrient availability or performances of aphid and its natural enemies. The relation between soil organic matter and plant biomass in a greenhouse experiment did not change with organic management or the duration of it, neither did it change with pollinator visitation rate, an ecosystem process that is managed on the landscape scale. These results suggest that soil organic matter may relate to ecosystem services that influence crop yield, whereas these relations might not be significant under field conditions. Collectively, all these results suggest that the relation between soil organic matter content and ecosystem processes that benefit crop yield is highly context dependent. I propose future research may focus on (1) the quality of soil organic matter rather than the content per se and (2) the relation between soil organic matter content and crop yield under realistic conditions in a longer term.

Modelling the dynamic interactions between food production and ecosystem services : a case study in Benin
Duku, C. - \ 2017
University. Promotor(en): Lars Hein, co-promotor(en): S.J. Zwart. - Wageningen : Wageningen University - ISBN 9789463431613 - 141
ecosystem services - modeling - food production - case studies - hydrology - irrigation - forests - woodlands - climatic change - nature conservation - food security - benin - ecosysteemdiensten - modelleren - voedselproductie - gevalsanalyse - hydrologie - irrigatie - bossen - bosgebieden - klimaatverandering - natuurbescherming - voedselzekerheid

Given the high levels of food insecurity and the loss of vital ecosystem services associated with deforestation, countries in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) face a major dilemma. How can they produce enough food in a changing climate to feed an increasing population while protecting natural forests and woodlands that provide a wide array of ecosystem services beneficial to livelihoods? Thus, the objectives of this thesis are twofold. First, to further enhance the understanding of the dynamic interactions between food production, and natural and semi-natural ecosystems with a case study in Benin. Second, to further enhance the understanding of how hydrological ecosystem services can be captured in an accounting framework. Understanding hydrological ecosystem services is key to understanding the multi-directional relationship between food production and ecosystem services supply from natural and semi-natural ecosystems. First, I examine how a spatially explicit ecohydrological model can be used to analyse multiple hydrological ecosystem services in line with the ecosystem accounting framework. The hydrological ecosystem services include crop water supply for rainfed agriculture, household water supply (both groundwater supply and surface water supply), water purification, and soil erosion control. Second, I develop a general modelling approach for analysing the effects of deforestation on the availability of water for irrigation at the watershed level, and I apply the approach to the Upper Oueme watershed in Benin. Third, I analyse the impact of climate change on agricultural intensification options. Finally, I quantify trade-offs between per capita food availability and protecting forests and woodlands at different levels of yield increases taking into account climate change, population growth. This thesis shows that the integration of hydrological ecosystem services into an accounting framework can provide relevant information at appropriate scales suitable for decision-making. It is empirically feasible to distinguish between service capacity and service flow of hydrological ecosystem services. This requires appropriate decisions regarding physical and mathematical representation of ecohydrological processes, spatial heterogeneity of ecosystems, temporal resolution, and required model accuracy. This thesis also shows that opportunities for irrigation expansion depend on conservation of forests and woodlands in the headwaters of the rivers feeding the irrigation scheme. Opportunities for agricultural intensification in SSA are likely to diminish with climate change, hence increasing pressure to expand cultivated areas in order to meet increasing food demand. Climate change will lead to substantial reductions in; exploitable yield gaps for major food crops, rainfed cropland areas that can support the cultivation of two or more crops per year, and water availability for irrigation expansion. Furthermore, in the far future crop yields will have to increase at a faster rate than has been recorded over the past two and half decades in order to maintain current levels of per capita food availability. Failure to achieve the required levels of yield increases is likely to lead to the conversion of substantial areas of forests and woodlands for crop cultivation. Based on the results of this thesis, four main recommendations to help address the dual challenge of food security and ecosystem protection in Benin and the larger SSA region are made: (i) promote a precautionary approach to forest and woodland conservation, (ii) promote cross-sectoral policy coherence and consultations, (iii) promote the development of satellite ecosystem accounts consistent with national accounts, and (iv) identify, evaluate and implement adaptation and resilience measures to reduce agricultural vulnerability to climate change.

Walnotenboomgaard als pensioenvoorziening : bomen verdienen een plek in de landbouw, ter inspiratie een permacultuurontwerp
Zandbergen, Jelmer - \ 2017
Ekoland (2017)3. - ISSN 0926-9142 - p. 14 - 15.
walnoten - boomgaarden - juglon - agroforestry - bomen voor meerdere doeleinden - ecosysteemdiensten - walnuts - orchards - juglone - multipurpose trees - ecosystem services
Na de tweede wereldoorlog werden akkers en weilanden groter. Veel bomen werden gerooid en 200.000 km aan hagen verdween. Met de bijbehorende ecosysteemdiensten, zoals koolstofbinding en een microklimaat waar gewassen en dieren van profiteren. Nu is er weer meer aandacht voor het terugbrengen van bomen en hagen in de landbouw, zeker als ze naast de ecosysteemdiensten ook voedsel en hout produceren
The politics of environmental knowledge
Turnhout, E. - \ 2016
Wageningen : Wageningen University - ISBN 9789462573796 - 20
milieuwetenschappen - milieu - kennis - biodiversiteit - ecosysteemdiensten - natuurbescherming - politiek - environmental sciences - environment - knowledge - biodiversity - ecosystem services - nature conservation - politics
Kansenkaarten voor duurzaam benutten Natuurlijk Kapitaal
Knegt, B. de; Hoek, D.C.J. van der; Veerkamp, C.J. ; Woltjer, I. ; Aa, N.G.F.M. van der; Boekel, E.M.P.M. van; Diederiks, J.F.H.A. ; Goosen, H. ; Koekoek, A. ; Lesschen, J.P. ; Staritsky, I.G. ; Vries, F. de; Hendriks, C.M.A. - \ 2016
Wageningen : Wettelijke Onderzoekstaken Natuur & Milieu (WOt-technical report 75) - 122
ecosysteemdiensten - natuur - water - drinkwater - hoogwaterbeheersing - landbouw - nederland - ecosystem services - nature - drinking water - flood control - agriculture - netherlands
Local projects conducted within the framework of the Natural Capital Netherlands (NKN) programmeidentified various opportunities for mutual improvement of natural capital and the economy. In a follow-upstudy we investigated whether the insights gained also apply to other parts of the Netherlands. Which areasoffer the best opportunities? What measures are needed in these areas to actually capitalise on theseopportunities, and who are the relevant stakeholders? To address these questions, the local opportunitiesidentified in the NKN projects were explored at the national level, using ‘opportunity maps’. The three localprojects are: Greening the Common Agricultural Policy, Clean Water and Delta Programme
Kansen voor ontwikkeling van robuuste natuur in Nederland
Sanders, M.E. ; Henkens, R.J.H.G. ; Veraart, J.A. ; Woltjer, I. ; Greft-van Rossum, J.G.M. van der; Clement, J. - \ 2016
Wageningen : Wageningen Environmental Research (Wageningen Environmental Research report 2748) - 69
natuurontwikkeling - natuur - natuurbeheer - ecosysteemdiensten - nederland - nature development - nature - nature management - ecosystem services - netherlands
Het kabinet wil een robuuste en veelzijdige natuur die de invloed van de samenleving kan verdragen. Deze natuur moet passen bij het veranderende klimaat, maximaal aansluiten bij natuurlijke processen, duurzaam en betaalbaar zijn, een toekomstbestendig beheer en haalbare doelen hebben. Robuuste natuur kan dus tegen een stootje en heeft een nuttige functie. Maar wat verstaan we nu onder robuuste, toekomstbestendige, veelzijdige, zelfredzame, veerkrachtige natuur? Dit rapport heeft als doel om de bovenstaande ideeën uit de natuurvisie te concretiseren. Daarvoor zoeken we naar kansrijke locaties voor robuuste natuur met o.a. meer mogelijkheden voor natuurlijke processen en naar een combinatie van natuur met maatschappelijke opgaven.
Optimising land use in Central Kalimantan Province, Indonesia : modelling ecosystem benefits and land use dynamics
Suwarno, Aritta - \ 2016
University. Promotor(en): Rik Leemans; Lars Hein, co-promotor(en): Hans-Peter Weikard. - Wageningen : Wageningen University - ISBN 9789462578739 - 156
land use - deforestation - decentralization - ecosystem services - ecosystems - forest policy - forests - modeling - kalimantan - indonesia - landgebruik - ontbossing - decentralisatie - ecosysteemdiensten - ecosystemen - bosbeleid - bossen - modelleren - indonesië

The rising global population has increased the demand for food, renewable energy and other materials. Yet at the same time to meet this demand requires land and the amount of available land is finite. Considering the importance of land and ecosystems in providing benefits for human, I conducted four independent research on the socio-economic and biophysical aspects of ecosystem service, in Central Kalimantan Province, Indonesia. The first three independent studies were used to understand ecosystem management under decentralised forest governance in Indonesia and its influence on ecosystems, ESs and the benefits that different beneficiaries receive. The fourth study combines the outcomes from the previous three studies to assess and select the most appropriate areas for conservation and community development. As the results, I show the applicability of the ecosystem services concept and land-use modelling in optimising land-use under certain decentralised forest governance systems. My thesis’ results were obtained through the application of methods and steps that integrated a comprehensive set of qualitative and quantitative analyses to support land-use optimisation in the Kapuas Protected Forest Management Unit. My results can inform decision makers on the options of land-use optimisation and the consequences of their management decisions regarding land-use intensification, nature conservation and local economic conditions. I show how land-use optimisation provides an important step in preventing further land degradation and ecosystem loss.

The contribution of sustainable trade to the conservation of natural capital
Oorschot, M. van; Wentink, Carsten ; Kok, Marcel ; Beukering, P. ; Kuik, O. ; Drunen, M. van; Berg, J. van den; Ingram, V.J. ; Judge, L.O. ; Arets, E.J.M.M. ; Veneklaas, E.J. - \ 2016
The Hague : PBL: Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL publication 1700) - 96 p.
certification - sustainability - cost benefit analysis - resource conservation - natural resources - tropics - ecosystem services - biobased economy - certificering - duurzaamheid (sustainability) - kosten-batenanalyse - hulpbronnenbehoud - natuurlijke hulpbronnen - tropen - ecosysteemdiensten
PBL Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency has conducted a study into the potential impact of certified sustainable production on natural capital and the related ecosystem goods and services. Forests are a well-known example of natural capital; they are valuable to society, among other things because they store large amounts of carbon. The performed cost-benefit analyses show that certified resource production has several societal benefits, such as reductions in environmental pollution, soil erosion and health damage. However, for resource producers, the financial returns of more sustainable production methods are often limited. The uneven distribution of costs and benefits over public and private actors forms a barrier to any further scale up of sustainable production. Thus, there is a need for additional solutions, besides certifying trade to help conserve ecosystems elsewhere in the world.
Kansenkaarten voor duurzaam benutten natuurlijk kapitaal
Knegt, B. de; Hoek, Dirk Jan van der; Veerkamp, C.J. - \ 2016
Tijdschrift Milieu : Vereniging van milieuprofessionals 22 (2016)3. - p. 41 - 47.
natuurbeleid - natuurbeheer - waterbeheer - drinkwater - waterkwaliteit - ecosysteemdiensten - grondwaterwinning - veiligheid - nature conservation policy - nature management - water management - drinking water - water quality - ecosystem services - groundwater extraction - safety
Lokaal uitgevoerde praktijkprojecten in het kader van het programma Natuurlijk Kapitaal Nederland laten zien dat er kansen zijn voor de wederzijdse versterking van natuur en economie. Dit leidt tot de volgende vragen: welke kansen zijn er om de opgedane kennis binnen deze praktijkprojecten op te schalen naar andere gebieden in Nederland? Waar liggen deze kansrijke gebieden. Wat zijn mogelijke maatregelen en relevante stakeholders om deze kansen daadwerkelijk in winst om te zetten? Om antwoorde te krijgen op deze vragen zijn de praktijkprojecten met behulp van 'kansenkaarten' in landelijk perspectief geplaatst.
Klinkende munt slaan uit natuur vergt gerichte aanpak
Heide, C.M. van der; Borgstein, M.H. ; Hendriks, C.M.A. - \ 2016
Tijdschrift Milieu : Vereniging van milieuprofessionals 22 (2016)3. - p. 18 - 19.
natuurbeheer - ecosysteemdiensten - natuurgebieden - financieren - biomassa productie - recreatie - waterzuivering - noordwest-overijssel - nature management - ecosystem services - natural areas - financing - biomass production - recreation - water treatment
Met hun natuurterreinen hebben natuurorganisaties potentieel een groot kapitaal in eigendom. Via talloze ecosysteemdiensten kan de samenleving immers de vruchten van al dit natuurlijk kapitaal plukken, denk aan waterzuivering, koolstofopslag, beleving en biomassa. Ondanks hun waardevolle karakter zijn de meeste van die baten gratis, zonder dat daar inkomsten tegenover staan. Onderzoek in de Weerribben-Wieden maakt duidelijk dat een gerichte aanpak nodig is om klinkende munt te slaan uit natuurgebieden.
Meerwaarde ecosysteemdiensten voor Deltaprogramma
Franken, Ron ; Meulen, Suzanne van der; Kwakernaak, C. ; Bos, Maaike ; Lenselink, Gerda ; Hartgers, E.M. - \ 2016
Milieu : opinieblad van de Vereniging van Milieuprofessionals 22 (2016)3. - ISSN 1873-5436 - p. 12 - 14.
waterbeheer - hoogwaterbeheersing - veiligheid - biodiversiteit - ecosysteemdiensten - dijken - regionale planning - natuurbeheer - water management - flood control - safety - biodiversity - ecosystem services - dykes - regional planning - nature management
Het PBL verkent de mogelijkheden om natuur een rol te laten spelen in de uitvoering van het Deltaprogramma om onze waterveiligheid te waarborgen. Dit gebeurt met oog voor de meerwaarde voor de biodiversiteit. Kennis wordt opgedaan in twee praktijkprojecten: de verbetering van de zeedijk tussen Eemshaven en Delfzijl en de aanleg van een hoogwatergeul bij Varik-Heesselt.
Kennisontwikkeling samen met stakeholders : ecosysteemdiensten in agrolandschappen
Geertsema, W. ; Bianchi, F.J.J.A. ; Pulleman, M.M. ; Rijn, P.C.J. van; Rossing, W.A.H. ; Schaminee, J.H.J. ; Werf, W. van der - \ 2016
Landschap : tijdschrift voor Landschapsecologie en Milieukunde 33 (2016)1. - ISSN 0169-6300 - p. 63 - 65.
zuidhollandse eilanden - ecosystem services - fields - sustainable agriculture - landscape - farmers - public authorities - projects - workshops (programs) - ecosysteemdiensten - velden - duurzame landbouw - landschap - boeren - overheid - projecten - workshops (programma's)
Ecosysteemdiensten spelen een belangrijke rol bij het verduurzamen van de landbouw. Maatregelen voor het versterken van ecosysteemdiensten kunnen genomen worden op verschillende ruimtelijke schaalniveaus, van perceel tot landschap. Voor maatregelen op landschapsschaal is samenwerking tussen boeren en andere belanghebbenden onmisbaar. Dit artikel beschrijft hoe onderzoekers via samenwerking met verschillende belanghebbenden kennis ontwikkelen voor versterking van ecosysteemdiensten voor een duurzamere landbouw.
Milieufactoren en beschikbaarheid nectar en stuifmeel in graslanden
Ozinga, W.A. ; Geerts, R.H.E.M. ; Hennekens, S.M. ; Schaminee, J.H.J. - \ 2016
Landschap : tijdschrift voor Landschapsecologie en Milieukunde 33 (2016)1. - ISSN 0169-6300 - p. 45 - 47.
functionele biodiversiteit - graslanden - milieufactoren - nectar - stuifmeel - ecosysteemdiensten - bloemen - plantengemeenschappen - functional biodiversity - grasslands - environmental factors - pollen - ecosystem services - flowers - plant communities
Plantengemeenschappen spelen bij veel ecosysteemfuncties en -diensten een cruciale rol. De bijdrage van plantensoorten hangt af van functionele eigenschappen als het aanbod van nectar en stuifmeel in bloemen. Lokale plantengemeenschappen verschillen sterk in het spectrum aan eigenschappen van de soorten en inzicht in deze variatie kan helpen bij duurzaam beheer en gebruik van deze functionele diversiteit. Stilgestaan wordt bij factoren die de variatie in het aanbod van nectar en stuifmeel in graslanden beïnvloeden.
Bedrijfseconomisch perspectief de maat genomen
Burg, S.W.K. van den; Rood, G.A. ; Lienen, Frederiek van; Veldhuis-van Essen, C. - \ 2016
Tijdschrift Milieu : Vereniging van milieuprofessionals 22 (2016)3. - p. 30 - 32.
agro-ecosystemen - zeewierenteelt - voedselproductie - biomassa productie - ecosysteemdiensten - financieren - bedrijfseconomie - agroecosystems - seaweed culture - food production - biomass production - ecosystem services - financing - business economics
Het concept natuurlijk kapitaal maakt de maatschappelijke waarde van de goederen en diensten waarin de natuur voorziet zichtbaar. Maar is dit concept ook bruikbaar bij de ontwikkeling van sluitende verdienmodellen? Bij een bedrijfseconomische toepassing staan drie aandachtspunten centraal: de kosten van het gebruik van natuurlijk kapitaal in vergelijking tot concurrerende aanpakken, de mogelijkheid om de waarde van ecosysteemdiensten daadwerkelijk te verzilveren, en de bereidheid van afnemers en consumenten om te betalen voor de verbetering van ecosysteemdiensten.
Achtergronddocument zeewier en natuurlijk kapitaal : kansen voor een biobased economy
Burg, S.W.K. van den; Jak, R.G. ; Smits, M.J.W. ; Blaeij, A.T. de; Rood, T. ; Blanken, H. - \ 2016
Wageningen : LEI Wageningen UR (Rapport / LEI Wageningen UR 2016-049) - 41 p.
zeewieren - zeewierenteelt - ecosysteemdiensten - biobased economy - workshops (programma's) - onderzoek - seaweeds - seaweed culture - ecosystem services - workshops (programs) - research
De verkenning naar de ecosysteemdiensten van zeewierteelt is een onderdeel van het onderzoeksprogramma Natuurlijk Kapitaal Nederland van het Planbureau voor de Leefomgeving (PBL). In dit rapport de verslagen van een aantal workshops.
Financiering van bestaande natuur : praktijkcasus ‘Weerribben-Wieden’
Heide, C.M. van der; Hendriks, C.M.A. ; Borgstein, M.H. - \ 2016
Wageningen : LEI Wageningen UR (LEI rapport 2016-056) - ISBN 9789462578111 - 43 p.
natuurbeheer - natuur - kapitaal - natuurbescherming - nationale parken - financieren - landschapsbeheer - landschapsbescherming - natuurlandschap - noordwest-overijssel - nederland - ecosysteemdiensten - biomassa productie - nature management - nature - capital - nature conservation - national parks - financing - landscape management - landscape conservation - natural landscape - netherlands - ecosystem services - biomass production
Nature organisations possess a large amount of natural capital thanks to their nature sites. The value of this capital is extremely important for the organisations themselves and in particular for society as a whole. Natural capital provides numerous ecosystem services from which people benefit, such as water purification, carbon storage, pollination and biomass. The question in this instance is how nature organisations can generate more financial resources from their nature sites in order to maintain and protect their natural capital. After all, although these services are very valuable, most of these benefits are free and do not produce any income. A case study in De Weerribben-Wieden National Park in the north of the Netherlands clearly demonstrates how an area-oriented approach involving innovative revenue models is required if nature sites are to produce sufficient income. That said, without the commitment and a shared sense of urgency from stakeholders in the area, new finance mechanisms that are intended to conserve and the characteristic landscape have little chance of success. In light of this, the challenge for this region is to build a perspective that has the stakeholders’ confidence and that encourages them to cooperate in order to benefit from the opportunities that monetisation offers.
Zeewier en natuurlijk kapitaal : kansen voor een biobased economy
Burg, S.W.K. van den; Jak, R.G. ; Smits, M.J.W. ; Blaeij, A.T. de; Rood, T. ; Blanken, H. - \ 2016
Wageningen : LEI Wageningen UR (Rapport / LEI Wageningen UR 2016-049) - ISBN 9789462578067 - 35 p.
zeewierenteelt - zeewieren - ecosysteemdiensten - financieren - economische haalbaarheid - biobased economy - nederland - haalbaarheidsstudies - seaweed culture - seaweeds - ecosystem services - financing - economic viability - netherlands - feasibility studies
Grootschalige zeewierteelt in de Noordzee is nog niet rendabel als alleen de waarde van de productiedienst - het zeewier zelf - wordt meegenomen. Zeewierteelt kan echter diverse andere ecosysteemdiensten leveren. Met het denkmodel Natuurlijk Kapitaal is het mogelijk de baathebbers van deze ecosysteemdiensten te identificeren en met hen in gesprek te gaan over de mogelijkheden van waarderen en verzilveren. De vraag of dan een sluitende businesscase voor grootschalige zeewierteelt in Nederlandse wateren gerealiseerd kan worden is afhankelijk van innovatieve financieringsvormen, zekerheid over de levering van ecosysteemdiensten en de toepassingsmogelijkheden van het geproduceerde zeewier.
Accounting for ecosystem services and biodiversity in Limburg province, the Netherlands
Remme, R.P. - \ 2016
University. Promotor(en): Rik Leemans; Lars Hein. - Wageningen : Wageningen UR - ISBN 9789462576100 - 213 p.
ecosystem services - biodiversity - models - nature conservation - netherlands - limburg - ecosysteemdiensten - biodiversiteit - modellen - natuurbescherming - nederland

Ecosystem services and biodiversity are important for human well-being. Ecosystem services are the contributions of ecosystems to benefits used in economic and other human activity. This thesis aims to empirically assess how spatial models for ecosystem service flows and biodiversity can be applied in the context of ecosystem accounting, management and conservation for Limburg province, the Netherlands. Ecosystem accounting is a systematic approach to measure and monitor ecosystems, ecosystem services and their contribution to human and economic activity. Biophysical models are developed to analyze seven ecosystem services for ecosystem accounting. Based on the biophysical models, the ecosystem services are valued in monetary terms, using methods that are consistent with national economic accounting. In addition, this thesis examines how ecosystem contributions (i.e. the ecosystem services) and human contributions to human benefits can be distinguished. In addition, different biodiversity indicators are spatially modelled and analyzed for Limburg, to assess their applicability in biodiversity accounting. Scenario analysis is applied to measure the effects budget limitations on the further development of Limburg’s biodiversity conservation network, and the effects of including ecosystem services into the network. This thesis contributes substantially to operationalizing ecosystem accounting by empirically testing applicable indicators, spatial modelling methods and monetary valuation methods, delineating caveats and assessing uncertainties. The research stresses the importance of accounting for ecosystem services in both biophysical and monetary terms, and including additional information on biodiversity. Ecosystem accounting, management and conservation are all necessary to ensure the safeguarding of natural and managed ecosystems and for sustaining human well-being.

Waterwinning en natuur : de betekenis van de drinkwatersector voor de natuur in Nederland
Zee, F.F. van der; Knegt, B. de; Meeuwsen, H.A.M. ; Sanders, M.E. ; Veraart, J.A. ; Grashof-Bokdam, C.J. ; Wegman, R.M.A. - \ 2016
Wageningen : Alterra, Wageningen-UR (Alterra-rapport 2719) - 100 p.
drinkwater - waterwinning - natuur - natuurbeheer - ecosysteemdiensten - natura 2000 - drinking water - water catchment - nature - nature management - ecosystem services
Drinkwaterbedrijven zijn belangrijke partners bij het realiseren van natuurbeleid. De sector beheert zo’n 23.000 ha en is daarmee de 4e natuurbeheerder van Nederland. In een natuurlijke omgeving zijn drinkwaterbronnen beter beschermd tegen verontreinigingen en is minder zuiveringsinspanning nodig om drinkwater te maken. In de Rijksnatuurvisie (2014) wordt met regelmaat verwezen naar de rol van drinkwaterbedrijven als natuurbeheerders. Om samen te zoeken naar invulling van deze natuurvisie, is in een Groene Tafel ‘drinkwater en natuur’ (april 2014) afgesproken de samenwerking tussen overheden, drinkwaterbedrijven en maatschappelijke organisaties te versterken. In 2004 is een studie verricht naar de betekenis van de drinkwatersector voor de natuur. Dit rapport is een update van deze studie. Het geeft een overzicht van het belang van de drinkwatersector voor de natuur in Nederland en wat er sinds 2004 is veranderd op dat gebied.
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