Conceptual basis and spatial modelling to account for and conserve multiple ecosystem services in Telemark County, Norway

Promotie

Conceptual basis and spatial modelling to account for and conserve multiple ecosystem services in Telemark County, Norway

Promovendus M (Matthias) Schroter
Promotor prof.dr. HBJ (Rik) Leemans
prof.dr. LG (Lars) Hein
Copromotor dr. DN Barton
Organisatie Wageningen University, Environmental Systems Analysis
Datum

wo 10 juni 2015 11:00 tot 12:30

Locatie Auditorium, building number 362
Generaal Foulkesweg 1
362
6703 BG Wageningen
0317-483592

Propositions

  1. The ecosystem service concept is contested because friction between disciplinary boundaries causes heat.(this thesis)
  2. Incorporating ecosystem services into conservation changes spatial priorities for protecting biodiversity.(this thesis)
  3. Vague scientific concepts spur both creativity and confusion.
  4. Sophisticated environmental models require many assumptions to inform decision-making.
  5. As suggested by Daly (1992, Ecol. Econ. 6, 185-193.), society should first stay
    within planetary boundaries and distribute incomes fairly, then value nature monetarily.
  6. Obsession with academic performance indicators hinders the societal impact of environmental sciences.
  7. A run through a forest explains more about the relationship between humans and nature than a model run.