Helping nature to help us

Changes in the natural capital’s properties influence soil processes, which support the provision of ecosystem services. The benefits produced by these ecosystem services are explicitly or implicitly valued by individuals and society. This can influence decision- and policy making at different scales, potentially leading to a societal response, such as improved land management.

A group of scientists within the RECARE project, including Teodoro Marañón (IRNAS, CSIC), has presented a comunication on soil-related ecosystem services at the session Strengthening Ecosystem Services Community of Practices, in the European Ecosystem Services Conference, with the motto “Helping Nature to help us”, that was held at Antwerpen, 19-23 September 2016.


It was proposed an adapted framework for soil-related ecosystem services that is suited for practical application in the prevention and remediation of soil degradation across Europe. It will be applied in the 17 study sites included in the RECARE project.

Gudrun Schwilch, Simone Verzandvoort, Hedwig van Delden, Luuk Fleskens, Elias Giannakis, Teodoro Marañón, Jane Mills, Chris Short, Jannes Stolte (2016). Operationalizing ecosystem services for the mitigation of soil threats. En: European Ecosystem Services Conference, Antwerp, Bélgica, 19-23 septiembre 2016.

A copy of the presentation slides can be consulted here.

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