Ecosystem Services

Ecosystem services in mountain regions

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  • Project duration: December 2017 - December 2022
  • Project status:
    Approval by the Scientific Committee
  • Funding:
    Internal funding EURAC (Project)

Especially mountain areas provide a wide range of ecosystem services, which are indispensable to life, such as provision of food and clean drinking water or climate and natural hazards regulation as well as recreation and leisure, and at the same time, they are extremely responsive to global change. Thus, the research on the causal relationship between biodiversity – ecological functions – ecosystem services – pressure on land resources – global change is of great scientific interest and of practical importance regarding the quality of life. Therefore, the project aims to analyze ecosystems services of mountain regions and to quantify them by developing adapted models.

Using land use/land cover trajectories to uncover ecosystem service patterns across the Alps
Egarter Vigl L, Tasser E, Schirpke U, Tappeiner U (2017)
Journal article
Regional Environmental Change

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Historical trajectories in land use pattern and grassland ecosystem services in two European alpine landscapes
Lavorel S, Grigulis K, Leitinger G, Kohler M, Schirpke U, Tappeiner U (2017)
Journal article
Regional Environmental Change

Mapping the ecosystem service delivery chain: Capacity, flow, and demand pertaining to aesthetic experiences in mountain landscapes
Egarter Vigl L, Depellegrin D, Pereira P, de Groot R, Tappeiner U (2017)
Journal article
Science of The Total Environment

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How to support the effective management of Natura 2000 sites?
Pellegrino D, Schirpke U, Marino D (2016)
Journal article
Journal of Environmental Planning and Management

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Ecosystem Services Partnership
Consiglio per la Ricerca e la Sperimentazione in Agricoltura, Unità di Ricerca per il Monitoraggio e la Pianificazione Forestale
Université Joseph Fourie, Laboratoire d’Écologie Alpine
Consiglio per la Ricerca e la Sperimentazione in Agricoltura, Centro di Ricerca per l'Agrobiologia e la Pedologia
European Association of Environmental and Resource Economists
University of Trento, Sociology and Social Research
University of Innsbruck, Department of Economics
University of Innsbruck, Faculty of Biology, Institute of Ecology
University of Innsbruck, Mountain Agriculture Research Unit
European Society for Ecological Economics
ETH Zürich, Institut für Raum- und Landschaftsentwicklung
National Economics University, Vietnam
University of Trento, Economics and Management
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Lukas Egarter Vigl

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Lukas Egarter Vigl

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Biodiversity Monitoring South Tyrol

Duration: December 2018 - November 2021Funding:
Internal funding EURAC (Project)

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