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Ecosystem Research and Sustainable Land Use Management

  • Jan Barkmann
  • Hans-Peter Blume
  • Ulrich Irmler
  • Winfrid Kluge
  • Werner L. Kutsch
  • Heinrich Reck
  • Ernst-Walter Reiche
  • Michael Trepel
  • Wilhelm Windhorst
  • Klaus Dierssen
Part of the Ecological Studies book series (ECOLSTUD, volume 202)

Today’s society is concerned with a multitude of events affecting the ecosystems of our planet, ranging from natural processes such as weather anomalies and climate changes to man-made phenomena such as the impact of environmental chemicals or occupational and outdoor noise. To better understand and assess the importance of these events and to resolve the related problems, the basic approach of systems ecology is indicated, appropriately coupled with societal considerations in a comprehensive, transdisciplinary way.

Thus, in its capacity as an international pilot project of UNESCO’s Man and the Biosphere Programme, the Bornhöved Project also focused on applied aspects of ecosystem research, in particular on sustainable landscape/land use management. Two kinds of problems have to be distinguished in this respect, which will be discussed in Section 13.2 of the present Chapter as a theoretical background to a collection of illustrative examples of applied ecosystem research in Section 13.3. The first issue is how to solve particular, well defined ‘technical’ problems, e.g. in conservation biology or resource protection, the second is how to provide instrumental knowledge for societal decision-making at large.

Keywords

Ecosystem Service Soil Loss Environmental Impact Assessment Precautionary Principle Environmental Impact Assessment 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Barkmann
    • 1
  • Hans-Peter Blume
    • 2
  • Ulrich Irmler
    • 3
  • Winfrid Kluge
    • 4
  • Werner L. Kutsch
    • 5
  • Heinrich Reck
    • 3
  • Ernst-Walter Reiche
    • 3
  • Michael Trepel
    • 6
  • Wilhelm Windhorst
    • 3
  • Klaus Dierssen
    • 3
  1. 1.Institut für Agrarökonomie und Rurale EntwicklungArbeitsbereich Umweltund RessourcenökonomikGermany
  2. 2.Institut für Pflanzenernährung und Bodenkunde der Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu KielGermany
  3. 3.Ökologie-Zentrum der Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu KielGermany
  4. 4.Germany
  5. 5.Max-Planck-Institut für BiogeochemieGermany
  6. 6.Schleswig-Holsteinisches Landesamt für Natur und UmweltAbteilung GewässerGermany

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