Participation and governance

The issue we address in the context of ecosystem services and adaptation to climate change is usually linked to political decision-making at different levels. Our goal is to provide science-based outputs that are also politically relevant and can be used for decision-making and sustainable adaptive management of socio-ecological systems. Scientific results can only be politically relevant if they arise in close consultation and coproduction with relevant stakeholders. We therefore work with participatory approaches such as scenario-focused sessions or participatory GIS procedures. Examples of politically relevant scientific information are, for example, outputs of modeling ecosystem service according to different scenarios co-defined by stakeholders, or evaluating the effectiveness of adaptation measures preferred by stakeholders in response to the expected impacts of climate change. At the same time, we are participating in preparing and evaluating strategies on ecosystem services, environmental security, biodiversity and adaptation to climate change.