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Publication type: Conference paper
Type of review: Peer review (abstract)
Title: Benefits of ecological engineering practices
Authors : Brüll, A.
van Bohemen, H.
Costanza, R.
Mitsch, W. J.
van den Boomen, R.
Chaudhuri, N.
Heeb, J.
Jenssen, P.
Schönborn, Andreas
DOI : 10.21256/zhaw-3778
Published in : Procedia Environmental Sciences
Volume(Issue) : 9
Pages : 16
Pages to: 20
Conference details: International Congress Ecological Engineering: from Concepts to Applications, Paris, France, 2-4 December 2009
Issue Date: 2011
Publisher / Ed. Institution : Elsevier
ISSN: 1878-0296
Language : English
Subjects : Ecological engineering; Benefit; Reference system
Subject (DDC) : 620: Engineering
Abstract: With the intention to further promote the field of ecological engineering and the solutions it provides, a workshop on “Benefits of Ecological Engineering Practices” was held 3 December 2009. It was conducted by the International Ecological Engineering Society in Paris at the conference “Ecological Engineering: from Concepts to Application” organized by the Ecological Engineering Applications Group GAIE. This paper presents the results of the workshop related to three key questions: (1) what are the benefits of ecological engineering practices to human and ecosystem well-being, (2) which concepts are used or useful to identify, reference, and measure the benefits of ecological engineering practices, and (3) how and to whom shall benefits of ecological engineering practices be promoted. While benefits of ecological engineering practices are diverse, general conclusions can be derived to facilitate communication. Identifying benefits requires valuation frameworks reaching beyond the scope of ecology and engineering. A distinction between human and ecosystem well-being in this regard may not be easy or useful, but instead humans embedded in ecosystems should be addressed as a whole. The concepts of resource efficiency, ecosystem services, ecosystem health, and multifunctional land use could serve as suitable references to frame ecological engineering benefits, as well as referring to international political goals such as biodiversity protection, climate change mitigation and poverty reduction. Sector and application specific criteria of good practice could be worked out. Regional, area specific reference systems for sustainable development could provide comparative advantages for ecologically engineered solutions. Besides people with high decision making power and people with high motivation for change are good target groups to be addressed.
Fulltext version : Published version
License (according to publishing contract) : CC BY-NC-ND 3.0: Attribution - Non commercial - No derivatives 3.0 Unported
Departement: Life Sciences and Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Natural Resource Sciences (IUNR)
Appears in Collections:Publikationen Life Sciences und Facility Management

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