Showing people who work in nature conservation how they can use findings from assessment of nature’s contributions to people (NCP)

Authors: Kateřina Mácová, Jitka Kozubková We introduced the topic of ecosystem services to almost sixty people working in nature conservation at two seminars held in Prague and Brno in May (as part of the One Nature project). This was a step forward to greater availability of the concept of assessment of nature’s services and contributions... Continue Reading →

Fresh fodder for future findings: Mapping plural values of grasslands and their ecosystem services

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So far, ecosystem service research in grasslands has mainly focused on provisioning services and their economic values; however, calls for plural valuation have become more prominent in recent times. In fact, the inclusion of instrumental, relational and intrinsic values in an assessment of ecosystem services can reveal further reasons by which people express the importance of nature and their ecosystem services. In their paper, Schmitt et al. (2022) analyze the spatial distribution of these values in grasslands.

While instrumental values reflect direct and indirect benefits people can obtain from ecosystem services, intrinsic values represent the ethical rights of nature. In this study, the authors chose to examine ‘subjective’ intrinsic value, which accounts for the idea that humans can express regard for nature regardless of any potential human interest. Moreover, they explored relational values that represent the manifold relationship humans have with nature or human relations fostered by nature. To account…

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Expedice do Zambie: Vlogy z terénního výzkumu

Fokusní skupina s farmářkami ve vesnici Mabumbu v Západní provincii Zambie V rámci projektu Coop4Wellbeing se výzkumnice z našeho oddělení, Lenka Suchá a Zuzana Harmáčková, spolu s kolegy z Katedry rozvojových a environmentálních studií Univerzity Palackého a z organizace Člověk v tísni vydaly na cestu do Zambie, kde shromažďovaly výzkumná data a mapovaly vazby mezi společenským... Continue Reading →

Vznikla česká pracovní skupina sítě POLLEN

POLLEN je globální síť pro politickou ekologii (výzkumnou oblast řešící, jakým způsobem se politické a společenské uspořádání podepisuje na správě přírodního prostředí a zdrojů). Cílem sítě POLLEN je podporovat spolupráci mezi lidmi, kteří se věnují otázkám politické ekologie, zprostředkovávat výměnu zkušeností a propagovat význam politické ekologie po celém světě mezi akademiky i dalšími skupinami. Činnost... Continue Reading →

Projekt Jedna příroda na Evropské konferenci o ekosystémových službách

Účastníci/autoři: Davina Vačkářová, Jan Daněk, Ivana Žížalová, Johana Drlíková, David Stella Ve dnech 7. – 10. června 2021 proběhla v estonském Tartu v pořadí již třetí evropská konference Partnerství pro ekosystémové služby (ESP) s názvem „Věda o ekosystémových službách, politika a praxe tváří v tvář globálním změnám“. Cílem tohoto setkání je diskutovat současné trendy výzkumu ekosystémových služeb a... Continue Reading →

Governance Challenges at the Interface of Food Security and Biodiversity Conservation

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Food security and biodiversity conservation are two key challenges for many countries around the world. The simultaneous provision of food security and biodiversity conservation requires a governance system that can address intra- and intersectoral complexity. However, the two sectors are often treated as separate goals. In their recent study, Jiren et al. (2021) explore challenges encountered by governance systems to deliver integrated biodiversity and food security governance. To this end, they identified food security and biodiversity governance challenges in a multi-level governance context in southwestern Ethiopia. Specifically, this study focused on identifying institutional interplay problems within and between the two sectors at different governance levels.

The study area in Jimma zone in southwestern Ethiopia is a biodiversity hotspot and the birthplace of coffee (Coffea arabica, see picture). Food insecurity and biodiversity loss are major problems in the area and are accelerated by population pressure, agricultural land expansion, and challenges related…

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