Workshop on ecosystem services

Ecosystem services are the direct and indirect contributions of ecosystems to the human wellbeing. The remediation of contaminated soils after the Aznalcóllar mine spill, and the restoration of the Guadiamar Green Corridor (Sevilla, Spain) provide with multiple ecosystem services to local and regional societies.

The stakeholder workshop for the evaluation of ecosystem services was held on November 29th 2017. Benefits arisen from the implementation of two remediation measures – amendment addition and tree plantations – were valuated by stakeholders.

This workshop was organized by the IRNAS, CSIC and Evenor Tech, in the Guadiamar Visitor Centre at Aznalcázar, Sevilla, thanks to the collaboration of Guadiamar Educa. It was part of the projects RECARE and RESTECO.

Stakeholders valuated mainly the benefits associated to regulation services, such as stabilization of contaminants, soil formation and mitigation of climate change by carbon sequestration. They also valuated highly the cultural services related with recreational activities, ecotourism, landscape value and the scientific interest as natural laboratory for environmental research. Lastly, some provisioning services were valuated, like production of biofuel and of forage for horses.

The workshop presentations and the Report with the results will be uploaded at the communication platform Recare-hub.