Societal Response, Governance, and Managing Ecosystem Service Risks

  • Barbara SchröterEmail author
  • Claas Meyer
  • Carsten Mann
  • Claudia Sattler


In response to the risks ecosystems and ecosystem services (ES) are exposed to, and to guarantee resilience of socio-ecological systems in the long run, human beings have to react; they have to employ certain strategies to direct developments. There are multiple questions to ask: how should they act in a transformative way? How do individuals and organisations structure and coordinate their actions to handel ES risk management? How does collective action look like? Which policy instruments and strategies are used? These questions can be answered by having a look at the governance of ecosystem services. This chapter will introduce the idea of governance and its institutional background. Moreover, it will explain different governance models: hierarchies, markets, and community management - based on cooperation, and networks. Examples from case studies demonstrate that in reality, innovative management approaches are often hybrids of the governance models. To illustrate the examples, we focus on the role of actors and institutions. We conclude by giving attention to the challenges of governance to acheiving a resilient ES management.


Actors Institutions Hierarchies Markets Community management Cooperation Hybrid governance forms Socio-ecological systems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara Schröter
    • 1
    Email author
  • Claas Meyer
    • 1
  • Carsten Mann
    • 2
  • Claudia Sattler
    • 1
  1. 1.Working Group “Governance of Ecosystem Services”Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)MünchebergGermany
  2. 2.Department of Sustainable Forest Resource EconomicsEberswalde University for Sustainable DevelopmentEberswaldeGermany

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