Leuphana Research Center
Future of Ecosystem Services

The concept of ecosystem services — the benefits derived from human interactions with, and appropriation of, the physical structures and processes occurring in (natural and human dominated) ecosystems — has emerged as one of the most important new paradigms of the environmental and sustainability sciences in the last fifteen years. The notion of ecosystem services has the potential to act as a boundary object, capable of bringing together various scientific domains of knowledge that study the interactions and interdependencies between human society and nature. Synthesising such knowledge may provide vital and encompassing understandings, and inform sustainable management, of social-ecological systems.