Ecosystem services (ES) are the benefits that societies obtain from nature. These include the direct provision of material goods, such as food, fuel and fiber; the regulation of undesired events, such as climate change and flooding; and many non-material benefits, such as sense of identity or aesthetic enjoyment. Mastering the discourse of ES is crucial to meeting the challenges of sustainability in the 21st century. Yet, due to the complexity of understanding and modeling ES provision, use and flow, operational ES-driven management remains a challenge.
SSAWRN PhD student Mathews Tsirizeni has been accepted to the 2015 International Spring University on Ecosystem Services Modeling, which will take place April 7-17, 2015 at Bizkaia Aretoa in Bilbao, Spain. The 2015 International Spring University is the third edition of an annual 2-week intensive course that aims to build a new generation of actors in research, policy and management, who can develop and apply ecosystem service models to address issues of sustainability. The course will follow a problem-based learning paradigm, teaching and demonstrating advanced ES theory and modeling techniques using case studies defined by the participants. It is organized by the Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) with the collaboration of other international non-profit and academic institutions, including Conservation International, Earth Economics, and the University of Vermont.