Ecological Studies

Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity and Environmental Change in a Tropical Mountain Ecosystem of South Ecuador

Editors: Bendix, J., Beck, E., Bräuning, A., Makeschin, F., Mosandl, R., Scheu, S., Wilcke, W. (Eds.)

  • Based on 15 years of comprehensive interdisciplinary research
  • Examines the effects of different land use measures on ecosystem services
  • Offers a sustainable land use portfolio with model character for similar regions
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About this book

An interdisciplinary research unit consisting of 30 teams in the natural, economic and social sciences analyzed biodiversity and ecosystem services of a mountain rainforest ecosystem in the hotspot of the tropical Andes, with special reference to past, current and future environmental changes. The group assessed ecosystem services using data from ecological field and scenario-driven model experiments, and with the help of comparative field surveys of the natural forest and its anthropogenic replacement system for agriculture.

The book offers insights into the impacts of environmental change on various service categories mentioned in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2005): cultural, regulating, supporting and provisioning ecosystem services. Examples focus on biodiversity of plants and animals including trophic networks, and abiotic/biotic parameters such as soils, regional climate, water, nutrient and sediment cycles. The types of threats considered include land use and climate changes, as well as atmospheric fertilization. In terms of regulating and provisioning services, the emphasis is primarily on water regulation and supply as well as climate regulation and carbon sequestration. With regard to provisioning services, the synthesis of the book provides science-based recommendations for a sustainable land use portfolio including several options such as forestry, pasture management and the practices of indigenous peoples. In closing, the authors show how they integrated the local society by pursuing capacity building in compliance with the CBD-ABS (Convention on Biological Diversity - Access and Benefit Sharing), in the form of education and knowledge transfer for application.

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From the book reviews:

“This book is rooted in interdisciplinary ecosystem research. It provides a plethora of information on the structure and functioning of ecosystems, based on comparative field surveys and ecological experiments in pasture and forest environments. … The volume reflects the editors’ and authors’ commitment to sharing their unique experience with a broader audience. It is a fine book, an extraordinary, well-written, and well-produced synthesis of interdisciplinary work—and it educates.” (Sandra Luque, Mountain Research and Development (MRD), Vol. 34 (3), August, 2014)

Table of contents (29 chapters)

  • The Study Area

    Richter, Michael (et al.)

    Pages 3-17

  • Environmental Changes Affecting the Andes of Ecuador

    Peters, Thorsten (et al.)

    Pages 19-29

  • The Challenges of Sustainable Development in the Podocarpus-El Cóndor Biosphere Reserve

    Barkmann, Jan (et al.)

    Pages 31-40

  • The Research Unit RU 816: Overall Approach in the Light of the Ecosystem Services Concept

    Barkmann, Jan (et al.)

    Pages 41-49

  • Landscape History, Vegetation History, and Past Human Impacts

    Rodriguez, Fernando (et al.)

    Pages 53-66

Buy this book

eBook $139.00
price for USA (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-642-38137-9
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
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Hardcover $179.00
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-642-38136-2
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover n/a
  • ISBN 978-3-642-42841-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity and Environmental Change in a Tropical Mountain Ecosystem of South Ecuador
Editors
  • Jörg Bendix
  • Erwin Beck
  • Achim Bräuning
  • Franz Makeschin
  • Reinhard Mosandl
  • Stefan Scheu
  • Wolfgang Wilcke
Series Title
Ecological Studies
Series Volume
221
Copyright
2013
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-38137-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-38137-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-38136-2
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-42841-8
Series ISSN
0070-8356
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XII, 440
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