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SAfeguarding Biodiversity and Ecosystem seRvices by integrating CULTURAL values in freshwater management: learning from Māori

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city: LEIOA
postcode: 48940
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 Coordinator Country Spain [ES]
 Total cost 233˙276 €
 EC max contribution 233˙276 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2016
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-GF
 Starting year 2018
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2018-01-01   to  2020-12-31


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 Project objective

Freshwater ecosystems are essential to people´s economic, cultural and social wellbeing, yet are still one of the most seriously threatened ecosystems on the planet. This conflict is reflected in political regulations that ask to halt the loss of, restore and safeguard freshwaters, their biodiversity and the ecosystem services they provide. Ecosystem-Based Management (EBM), a holistic approach advocated to help doing so, involves an overarching regulatory framework and local solutions with trade-offs and compromises - factors that make decision processes complex and easily co-opted. In SABER CULTURAL, we use a well-known participatory decision support framework (MCA) to tackle two major challenges in freshwater EBM: 1) including cultural values that build a conceptual link between natural resources/biodiversity and local knowledge, besides traditionally considered ecological and socio-economic ones, and 2) accounting for uncertainty. MCA is selected because it is i) transparent, ii) allows for the whole range of stakeholder values to be quantified and accounted for, iii) can be used to robustly test outcomes of different management scenarios, and iv) can ultimately be used to prioritise cost-effective management actions with collective buy in. To forecast ecosystem services flow under different management alternatives, MCA is coupled with a novel modelling approach (ARIES). We test the MCA-ARIES framework in New Zealand, where cultural Māori-values play a prominent role in freshwater management, and transfer the flow models to the river basin scale to inform existing management plans and policies in Europe. With SABER CULTURAL we establish new standards for freshwater management in New Zealand, create knowledge that helps reaching EU biodiversity and environment targets and add value to the dialogue among EU policy sectors. Additionally, SABER CULTURAL provides a unique opportunity to gain the skills I need to become an established, independent researcher in Europe.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Simone D. Langhans, Sonja C. Jähnig, Manuel Lago, Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber, Thomas Hein
The potential of ecosystem-based management to integrate biodiversity conservation and ecosystem service provision in aquatic ecosystems
published pages: 1017-1020, ISSN: 0048-9697, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2019.04.025
Science of The Total Environment 672 2019-06-06
2019 Sami Domisch, Karan Kakouei, Javier Martínez-López, Kenneth J. Bagstad, Ainhoa Magrach, Stefano Balbi, Ferdinando Villa, Andrea Funk, Thomas Hein, Florian Borgwardt, Virgilio Hermoso, Sonja C. Jähnig, Simone D. Langhans
Social equity shapes zone-selection: Balancing aquatic biodiversity conservation and ecosystem services delivery in the transboundary Danube River Basin
published pages: 797-807, ISSN: 0048-9697, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.11.348
Science of The Total Environment 656 2019-04-13
2018 Fengzhi He, Vanessa Bremerich, Christiane Zarfl, Jonas Geldmann, Simone D. Langhans, Jonathan N. W. David, William Darwall, Klement Tockner, Sonja C. Jähnig
Freshwater megafauna diversity: Patterns, status and threats
published pages: 1395-1404, ISSN: 1366-9516, DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12780
Diversity and Distributions 24/10 2019-04-13
2018 Martin Friedrichs, Virgilio Hermoso, Vanessa Bremerich, Simone D. Langhans
Evaluation of habitat protection under the European Natura 2000 conservation network – The example for Germany
published pages: e0208264, ISSN: 1932-6203, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0208264
PLOS ONE 13/12 2019-04-13
2018 Simone D. Langhans, Sonja C. Jähnig, Marc Schallenberg
On the use of multicriteria decision analysis to formally integrate community values into ecosystem-based freshwater management
published pages: , ISSN: 1535-1459, DOI: 10.1002/rra.3388
River Research and Applications 2019-04-13
2019 Sami Domisch, Martin Friedrichs, Thomas Hein, Florian Borgwardt, Annett Wetzig, Sonja C. Jähnig, Simone D. Langhans
Spatially explicit species distribution models: A missed opportunity in conservation planning?
published pages: , ISSN: 1366-9516, DOI: 10.1111/ddi.12891
Diversity and Distributions 2019-04-13
2018 Simone D. Langhans, Sami Domisch, Stefano Balbi, Gonzalo Delacámara, Virgilio Hermoso, Mathias Kuemmerlen, Romina Martin, Javier Martínez-López, Peter Vermeiren, Ferdinando Villa, Sonja C. Jähnig
Combining eight research areas to foster the uptake of ecosystem-based management in fresh waters
published pages: , ISSN: 1052-7613, DOI: 10.1002/aqc.3012
Aquatic Conservation: Marine and Freshwater Ecosystems 2019-04-13
2019 Oleksandra Shumilova, Dominik Zak, Thibault Datry, Daniel von Schiller, Roland Corti, Arnaud Foulquier, Biel Obrador, Klement Tockner, Daniel C. Allan, Florian Altermatt, María Isabel Arce, Shai Arnon, Damien Banas, Andy Banegas-Medina, Erin Beller, Melanie L. Blanchette, Juan F. Blanco-Libreros, Joanna Blessing, Iola Gonçalves Boëchat, Kate Boersma, Michael T. Bogan, Núria Bonada, Nick R. Bond, Kate Brintrup, Andreas Bruder, Ryan Burrows, Tommaso Cancellario, Stephanie M. Carlson, Sophie Cauvy-Fraunié, Núria Cid, Michael Danger, Bianca de Freitas Terra, Anna Maria De Girolamo, Ruben del Campo, Fiona Dyer, Arturo Elosegi, Emile Faye, Catherine Febria, Ricardo Figueroa, Brian Four, Mark O. Gessner, Pierre Gnohossou, Rosa Gómez Cerezo, Lluís Gomez-Gener, Manuel A.S. Graça, Simone Guareschi, Björn Gücker, Jason L. Hwan, Skhumbuzo Kubheka, Simone Daniela Langhans, Catherine Leigh, Chelsea J. Little, Stefan Lorenz, Jonathan Marshall, Angus McIntosh, Clara Mendoza-Lera, Elisabeth Irmgard Meyer, Marko Miliša, Musa C. Mlambo, Marcos Moleón, Peter Negus, Dev Niyogi, Athina Papatheodoulou, Isabel Pardo, Petr Paril, Vladimir Pešić, Pablo Rodriguez-Lozano, Robert J. Rolls, Maria Mar Sanchez-Montoya, Ana Savić, Alisha Steward, Rachel Stubbington, Amina Taleb, Ross Vander Vorste, Nathan Waltham, Annamaria Zoppini, Christiane Zarfl
Simulating rewetting events in intermittent rivers and ephemeral streams: A global analysis of leached nutrients and organic matter
published pages: , ISSN: 1354-1013, DOI: 10.1111/gcb.14537
Global Change Biology 2019-04-13
2019 O. Shumilova, K. Tockner, A. M. Gurnell, S. D. Langhans, M. Righetti, A. Lucía, C. Zarfl
Floating matter: a neglected component of the ecological integrity of rivers
published pages: , ISSN: 1015-1621, DOI: 10.1007/s00027-019-0619-2
Aquatic Sciences 81/2 2019-04-13
2019 Ana Barbosa, Beatriz Martín, Virgilio Hermoso, Juan Arévalo-Torres, Julian Barbière, Javier Martínez-López, Sami Domisch, Simone D. Langhans, Stefano Balbi, Ferdinando Villa, Gonzalo Delacámara, Heliana Teixeira, Antonio J.A. Nogueira, Ana I. Lillebø, Yolanda Gil-Jiménez, Hugh McDonald, Alejandro Iglesias-Campos
Cost-effective restoration and conservation planning in Green and Blue Infrastructure designs. A case study on the Intercontinental Biosphere Reserve of the Mediterranean: Andalusia (Spain) – Morocco
published pages: 1463-1473, ISSN: 0048-9697, DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2018.10.416
Science of The Total Environment 652 2019-04-13

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