OOS 42-7 - Contributing to knowledge creation in IPBES: The program on ecosystem change and society

Thursday, August 9, 2012: 10:10 AM
C124, Oregon Convention Center
Patricia Balvanera1, Stephen R. Carpenter2, Carl Folke3, Albert Nostrom4, Olof Olsson4, Lisen Schultz4, Bina Agarwal5, Bruce Campbell6, Juan Carlos Castilla7, Wolfgang Cramer8, Ruth S. DeFries9, Pablo Eyzaguirre10, Terry Hughes11, Steve Polasky12, Zainal Sanuzi13, Robert J. Scholes14 and Marja Spierenburg15, (1)Centro de Investigaciones en Ecosistemas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico, (2)Center for Limnology, University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI, (3)Department of Systems Ecology, Stockholm University, Stockholm, Sweden, (4)Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University, Stockholm, (5)Dehli University, Dehli, India, (6)CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security, International Centre for Tropical Agriculture, Fredriksberg, Denmark, (7)Departamento de Ecología, Facultad de Ciencias Biológicas, Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago, Chile, (8)Institut Méditerranéen de Biodiversité et Ecologie (IMBE), Aix en Provence, France, (9)Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology, Columbia University, New York, NY, (10)Biodiversity International, Rome, Italy, (11)James Cook University, Australia, (12)Department of Applied Economics and Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN, (13)Centre for Global Sustainability Studies, Universiti Sains, Pulau Pinang, Malaysia, (14)Natural Resources and the Environment, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, Pretoria, South Africa, (15)Department of Organization Studies, VU University, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Program on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS) is one of the international programs that can deliver relevant information to the International Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. PECS will be able to contribute to PECS on knowledge on the interlinkages between biodiversity, ecosystem services and human well-being from a perspective complementary to other existing research programs. PECS is based on a comparative, place-based approach of networks of sites. PECS study sites will encompass a wide range of biophysical and societal conditions within which different levels of biodiversity, types of service delivery and human well-being conditions are found. 


PECS will assess how societal decisions to manage ecosystems have led to the particular conditions founds within each site. It will also explore how different alternative changes in technologies and policies may lead to changes in both biodiversity conditions, ecosystem service delivery and well-being conditions. PECS will search for the identification of interactions across scales, such as fast and slow drivers of social and ecological change, thresholds, traps and time lags non-linear changes. PECS will seek to understand transformations toward or away from sustainable development with emphasis on the interlinkeages between biodiversity and other components of natural capital, the delivery of ecosystem services, and the consequences for societies. PECS will contribute to models on the evolution of biodiversity, natural capital, ecosystem services and human wellbeing with interdisciplinary, intersectoral, and multi-scale models, movement toward and away from sustainability, accounting for the full portfolio of ecosystem services that flow from a given landscape or seascape. PECS will contribute to IPBES also contribute to IPBES through capacity building in a wide range of methods and the use of diverse sources of information on the socio-ecosystem.