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Beck, E.; Knoke, T.; Farwig, N.; Breuer, L.; Siddons, D. &amp; Bendix, J. 2017: <b>Landscape Restoration, Sustainable Land Use and Cross-scale Monitoring of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functions. A Science-directed Approach for South Ecuador</b>. (Universit&auml;t Bayreuth).

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Title: Landscape Restoration, Sustainable Land Use and Cross-scale Monitoring of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functions. A Science-directed Approach for South Ecuador
FOR816dw ID: 1696
Publication Date: 2017-06-01
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Individual: Erwin Beck
Individual: Thomas Knoke
Individual: Nina Farwig
Individual: Lutz Breuer
Individual: David Siddons
Individual: Jörg Bendix
In 201 3, the “Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem<br/> Monitoring and Research in South Ecuador”<br/> ( was launched as a<br/> knowledge transfer program in the biodiversity<br/> hotspot of the southern Ecuadorian Andes, jointly<br/> funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG)<br/> and Ecuadorian non-university partners. One of the<br/> overall aims of the transdisciplinary program is to<br/> design science-directed recommendations for an<br/> ecologically sustainable, economically profitable and<br/> socially compatible use of the mainly rural land. The<br/> second major goal of the program is the development<br/> of functional indicators that are crucial for the<br/> monitoring of impacts of environmental change on the<br/> ecosystem and its functions. They encompass<br/> abiotic, abiotic-biotic and biotic-biotic interrelations,<br/> and are sensitive - though to different extent - to<br/> subtle changes in the environment. Therefore, it is not<br/> only the interaction per se, which has to be examined.<br/> In addition to that the quantification of the response to<br/> certain environmental stressors is needed.<br/> Representing the fundament of ecosystem functioning,<br/> biodiversity as such or certain functional taxa can<br/> be monitored for an assessment of the ecosystem’s<br/> state. Important further criteria for the selection of an<br/> indicator are general applicability, easiness of<br/> handling and stability against pitfalls.<br/> This book “Landscape Restoration, Sustainable<br/> Use and Cross-scale Monitoring of Biodiversity<br/> and Ecosystem Functions: A Science-directed<br/> Approach for South Ecuador” presents in its first<br/> part a compilation of sustainable land use concepts<br/> that have been proven for application in the Provinces<br/> Loja and Zamora Chinchipe and beyond, given<br/> comparable environmental conditions. The second<br/> part describes functional indicators as well as their<br/> development, monitoring and application.<br/> Both parts start with introductory chapters on the<br/> major aims of the respective transdisciplinary<br/> program, followed by contributions showing how land<br/> use concepts can be used to achieve sustainable<br/> management and ecosystem services, as well as how<br/> functional indicators can be used to assess and<br/> monitor the stability of biodiversity and ecosystem<br/> functions.<br/> It should be stressed that this book has not the aim to<br/> present only a scientific summary of the developed<br/> systems. Instead, it targets on stakeholders as our<br/> non-university partners and beyond which are in<br/> charge of environmental planning and ecosystem<br/> function surveillance in Ecuador. In the manner of a<br/> technical handbook, it gives a comprehensible introduction<br/> to the land use option or the indicator,<br/> followed by hints how to apply, implement and assess<br/> the developed systems. The book is and was<br/> complementing our three pillars of capacity building<br/> which also includes stakeholder workshops on the<br/> developed land use options and indicators, and<br/> demonstration plots in the field.<br/> With this book the authors highly acknowledge the<br/> generous funding of the research by the German<br/> Science Foundation (DFG) and the logistic,<br/> administrative and practical support by the foundation<br/> Naturaleza y Cultura Internacional (Loja and Del<br/> Mar). Such research requires also fruitful<br/> collaboration with local academic institutions, the<br/> Universidad Tecnica Particular de Loja, the<br/> Universidad Nacional de Loja, the Universidad de<br/> Cuenca, the Universidad de Azuay, and the local<br/> weather service INAMHI. These partnerships were a<br/> great experience in capacity building on both sides,<br/> as evidenced by a number of academic degrees<br/> obtained and by numerous joint publications. The<br/> authors are also grateful for the support of our nonuniversity<br/> research partners beyond NCI, namely<br/> ETAPA EP (Empresa Pública Municipal de<br/> Telecomunicaciones, Agua potable, lcantarillado y<br/> Saneamiento de Cuenca- Ecuador), the Gobierno<br/> Municipal de Zamora and the regional water fund<br/> FORAGUA (Fondo Regional del Agua). Further,<br/> sincere thanks are owed to the Ecuadorian Ministry of<br/> the Environment (MAE) for permission to conduct<br/> research in South Ecuador.<br/> <br/> The Editors
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| sustainable land use | Cross-scale Monitoring | science-directed guidelines | landscape restoration |
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Publisher: Universität Bayreuth
Total Pages: 222
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