ROUTLEDGE HANDBOOK OF ECOSYSTEM SERVICES
EDITED BY MARION POTSCHIN, ROY HAINES-YOUNG, ROBERT FISH AND R. KERRY TURNER
Routledge – Feburary 2016 – 640 pages
HB: 978-1-13-802508-0
£135.00 £108.00 / $220.00 $176.00
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The idea that nature provides services to people is one of the most powerful concepts to have emerged over the last two decades. It is shaping our understanding of the role that biodiverse ecosystems play in the environment and their benefits for humankind. As a result, there is a growing interest in operational and methodological issues surrounding ecosystem services amongst environmental managers, and many institutions are now developing teaching programmes to equip the next generation with the skills needed to apply the concepts more effectively.
This handbook provides a comprehensive reference text on ecosystem services, integrating natural and social science (including economics). Collectively the chapters, written by the world’s leading authorities, demonstrate the importance of biodiversity for people, policy and practice. They also show how the value of ecosystems to society can be expressed in monetary and non-monetary terms, so that the environment can be better taken into account in decision making. The significance of the ecosystem service paradigm is that it helps us redefine and better communicate the relationships between people and nature. It is shown how these are essential to resolving challenges such as sustainable development and poverty reduction, and the creation of a green economy in developing and developed world contexts.

In May 27 – 29, 2015 in Nitra, Slovakia, took place the 17th International Symposium on Landscape and Landscape Ecology. Now, it is possible to download the
PROCEEDINGS OF THE SYMPOSIUM: http://www.uke.sav.sk/phocadownload/symposium/Proceedings-SymposiumLandscapeEcology2015-Slovakia.pdf

 

Symposium was attended by 128 participants from 21 countries of Europe, America and Asia (Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Germany, Hungary, India, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, the Russian Federation, Serbia, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, the U.S.A., Ukraine and the United Kingdom).

A new book on water and ecosystem services is now open access.
Download for free at http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002447/244743e.pdf

LANDSCAPE PLANNING AT A LOCAL LEVEL IN EUROPE
SALA, PERE; LAURA PUIGBERT, LAURA; BRETCHA, GEMMA (EDS.) (2015). LA PLANIFICACIÓ DEL PAISATGE EN L'ÀMBIT LOCAL A EUROPA = LANDSCAPE PLANNING AT A LOCAL LEVEL IN EUROPE. OLOT: LANDSCAPE OBSERVATORY OF CATALONIA; ANDORRA LA VELLA: GOVERNMENT OF ANDORRA. (DOCUMENTS; 2). ISBN 978-84-617-3805-2.


At last, the landscape has reached the local world. This is how it had to be as the local scale is the most immediate one, the closest one to managing everyday landscapes. The local administrations are aware of this and have started to see the landscape as a driving force behind the development of the territories they administer. With this in mind, the Landscape Observatory of Catalonia, with the collaboration of the Ministry of Tourism and Environment of the Andorran Government, has carried out a study to get to know the main landscape planning tools and experiences in the local area that exist in Europe in greater depth, to be able to analyse their link to local planning. Therefore, this document should be understood as a tool that is being offered to the local world to be able to find points of reference, ideas and concepts that are applicable or adaptable to each reality.

Landscape Planning at a Local Level in Europe. Complete version in English
http://www.catpaisatge.net/fitxers/publicacions/planificacio/landscape_planning.pdf
La planificació del paisatge en l'àmbit local a Europa. Complete version in Catalan
http://www.catpaisatge.net/fitxers/publicacions/planificacio/planificacio_paisatge.pdf