Castillo-Eguskitza, N. y Onaindia, M., 2016. Servicios Ecosistémicos y Bienestar Humano: El caso de la Amazonía. Revista científica do Núcleo de Pesquisas Eleitorais e Politicas da Amazônia-NUPEPA/UFRR. Vol. 4, Nº 1.
Ecosystem Services and Human Well-being: The case of the Amazonía
The ecosystem services contribute to our social welfare and economic development. However, ecosystems are continuously modified by the society to make a profit, as is the case of the Amazon rainforest. Biodiversity loss is associated with a loss of quality of life and our future depends on the conservation of ecosystems. Amazon, one of the most biodiverse regions on the planet, therefore plays an essential role in the protection of ecosystem services. Sustainable land management requires that a regulation governing the use of natural resources, the existence of a market that takes into account biodiversity, and social participation.
Ecosystem Services of the Basque Country: Integrating research and management
In this opinion article translated into Catalan Gloría Rodríguez explains what the Euskadi Ecosystem Services Assessment project is currently being carried out by the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Development and Environmental Education of the UPV / EHU thanks to the funding provided by the Basque Government and the Biscay Government. It briefly explains the objectives of the projects and the steps taken in these years.
The dissemination material about the project briefly explains what ecosystem services are and what the Euskadi ecosystem services assessment project is currently being carried out by the UNESCO Chair in Sustainable Development and Environmental Education of the UPV / EHU thanks to the funding provided by the Basque Government and the the Biscay Government. In addition, some data obtained in this project are provided.
The title of this new issue of Ihitza is posed as a statement of intent regarding of the various proposals presented on its pages. Strengthening in society the idea that nature is the foundation of wellbeing is a task that requires the greatest efforts by institutions, schools, companies, associations and groups or private individuals. Factors such as climate change or pollution, generated to a greater extent by human action, pose a growing threat to the preservation of these ‘ecosystem services’ (food, water, energy, process control, leisure, etc.), which are essential to the future of each and every one of usissue also includes a wide variety of proposals aimed at promoting the conservation of biodiversity. Learning about the many benefits provided by ecosystems to humans, is essential in order to become aware of everything that is at stake for citizens in this sense. Therefore, Ihitza wants to lay the first stone for the long-term work across the whole of the Basque Country as a wave of concern and continuous action in this direction.
The Tree of Gernika and the universal service it provides
Linking centenary trees to relevant buildings is common in a great deal of cultures, and, in the case of Basque tradition, the Tree of Gernika is the most universal symbol of it. As an emblem of Basque Freedom and Rights, the Tree of Gernika has such an integrative force of this society that any Basque cultural centre built around the world has the Tree of Gernika spirit on it. This article sums up the important value of this symbol in the whole world.
Future scenarios in Biscay
This article presents the methodology that will be conducted to define possible future scenarios in the research project “Millennium Ecosystem Assessment in Biscay”. By combining multiple participatory methods, its aim is to build a shared vision of ecosystems future and promote a better understanding of natural values to facilitate decision-making in land management.
Bilbao Metropolitan Greenbelt
Bilbao Metropolitan Greenbelt is one of the study cases that the “Millennium Ecosystem Assessment in Biscay” project is undertaking. This article shows the value that different groups of people have attributed to the ecological services provided by ecosystems of this area.
Madariaga Garamendi I., Onaindia Olalde M., Sanz Alonso J., Palacios Agundez I., Casado Arzuaga I. 2010. Proyecto de Investigación Internacional Evaluación de Ecosistemas del Milenio en Bizkaia. Revista Bizkaia Maitea-Bizkaia 21, invierno 2010, p1-16. ISSN 1136-4246.
Ecosystems of Bizkaia and Human Well-being
This monography review the main aspects of the project (EEM Bizkaia), which is the first official ecosystems assessment in Basque Country, done under the research project initiated by the UN in 2001. Its aim is to increase scientific knowledge in Bizkaia in order to help decision-making about the sustainable use of ecosystems. Furthermore, this study seeks to improve the bases of Bizkaia 21 Program to ensure people’s future well-being.
Collection of Didactic Sheets of EEMBizkaia project
The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment is an international scientific program created to study the consequences in human well-being of changes in our ecosystems and how to respond to them. Biscay belongs to this international network and carries out its regional assessment since 2008. In order to raise public awareness of the value of ecosystems, we have published these informative sheets.
Diptych-leaflet that explains Millennium Ecosystem Assessment framework (definition of ecosystem services, how they are being affected and their relation to human well-being), and presents the project of Biscay and its expected results.