13 Apr 2014 - 14 Apr 2014 Bangalore, India
This was a brain storming workshop sponsored by SANDEE and coordinated by ATREE in Bangalore that identified inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary questions and knowledge gaps that need urgent attention in the South Asia context on ecosystem services. The objectives of the workshop was to: a) identify policy gaps in knowledge about the economics of ecosystem services; b) evolve a research agenda for the next 5 years to meet these policy gaps; and c) explore possibilities for inter-disciplinary research.
A small group of multi-disciplinary participants reflected on and answered a set of questions prior to the workshop. The questions were related to research priorities for the future, what specific ecosystem services (and disservices) should we focus on based on policy priorities/demand, i.e. where are the opportunities for improved understanding of ecosystem services to lead to changes in their management; b) what are the political, economic and scientific questions that need to be addressed to better manage these specific services? c) what are some deep methodological challenges in examining the contributions of these specific services to human welfare and which of these services are more easily examined by multi-disciplinary teams? d) what are some strategies to enhance research on measuring, valuing and managing these services?