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Integrating landscape services into policy and practice – a case study from Switzerland


Keller, Roger; Backhaus, Norman (2020). Integrating landscape services into policy and practice – a case study from Switzerland. Landscape Research, 45(1):111-122.

Abstract

Like ecosystems, landscapes provide vital services to people. However, often those services are not or only partly incorporated into landscape policy. This applied research project explores how stakeholders in landscape policy work with a Landscape Services (LS) approach. Our LS definition builds upon the Ecosystem Services (ES) definition and includes four LS with high relevance to Switzerland. We explicitly use the term ‘landscape’ instead of ‘ecosystem’ to underline multiple dimensions besides ecological issues. A transdisciplinary process with stakeholders from government agencies, trade associations, research institutes and civil society was initiated to discuss possibilities of policy integration of these LS. Best practice examples were debated and ways to better consider LS within existing policy instruments were discussed. We conclude that the results of our research and the transdisciplinary process have enabled numerous stakeholders to build the groundwork for pursuing initiatives to better recognise and ensure LS in Switzerland.

Abstract

Like ecosystems, landscapes provide vital services to people. However, often those services are not or only partly incorporated into landscape policy. This applied research project explores how stakeholders in landscape policy work with a Landscape Services (LS) approach. Our LS definition builds upon the Ecosystem Services (ES) definition and includes four LS with high relevance to Switzerland. We explicitly use the term ‘landscape’ instead of ‘ecosystem’ to underline multiple dimensions besides ecological issues. A transdisciplinary process with stakeholders from government agencies, trade associations, research institutes and civil society was initiated to discuss possibilities of policy integration of these LS. Best practice examples were debated and ways to better consider LS within existing policy instruments were discussed. We conclude that the results of our research and the transdisciplinary process have enabled numerous stakeholders to build the groundwork for pursuing initiatives to better recognise and ensure LS in Switzerland.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:07 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography
Dewey Decimal Classification:910 Geography & travel
Scopus Subject Areas:Social Sciences & Humanities > Geography, Planning and Development
Physical Sciences > General Environmental Science
Physical Sciences > Nature and Landscape Conservation
Physical Sciences > Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Language:English
Date:2 January 2020
Deposited On:22 Mar 2019 14:42
Last Modified:21 Jun 2024 01:56
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:1469-9710
OA Status:Green
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/01426397.2019.1569218
Project Information:
  • : FunderFP7
  • : Grant ID100016
  • : Project TitleCESAR - Cost-Efficient Methods and Processes for Safety Relevant Embedded Systems
  • : FunderFP7
  • : Grant ID100016
  • : Project TitleCESAR - Cost-Efficient Methods and Processes for Safety Relevant Embedded Systems