Nature's contributions to people in mountains: A review

Martin-Lopez Berta, Leister Ines, Cruz Pedro Lorenzo, Palomo Ignacio, Grêt-Regamey Adrienne, Harrison Paula A., Lavorel Sandra, Locatelli Bruno, Luque Sandra, Walz Ariane. 2019. Nature's contributions to people in mountains: A review. PloS One, 14 (6):e0217847, 24 p.

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Abstract : Mountains play a key role in the provision of nature's contributions to people (NCP) worldwide that support societies' quality of life. Simultaneously, mountains are threatened by multiple drivers of change. Due to the complex interlinkages between biodiversity, quality of life and drivers of change, research on NCP in mountains requires interdisciplinary approaches. In this study, we used the conceptual framework of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and the notion of NCP to determine to what extent previous research on ecosystem services in mountains has explored the different components of the IPBES conceptual framework. We conducted a systematic review of articles on ecosystem services in mountains published up to 2016 using the Web of Science and Scopus databases. Descriptive statistical and network analyses were conducted to explore the level of research on the components of the IPBES framework and their interactions. Our results show that research has gradually become more interdisciplinary by studying higher number of NCP, dimensions of quality of life, and indirect drivers of change. Yet, research focusing on biodiversity, regulating NCP and direct drivers has decreased over time. Furthermore, despite the fact that research on NCP in mountains becoming more policy-oriented over time, mainly in relation to payments for ecosystem services, institutional responses remained underexplored in the reviewed studies. Finally, we discuss the relevant knowledge gaps that should be addressed in future research in order to contribute to IPBES.

Mots-clés Agrovoc : Montagne, services écosystémiques, Moyens d'existence durables, Biodiversité, gestion des ressources naturelles, Population rurale

Mots-clés géographiques Agrovoc : Amérique latine, Région andine, Kenya, Inde, France, Alpes, Région himalayenne, Pérou, Suisse, Allemagne

Classification Agris : P01 - Nature conservation and land resources
E50 - Rural sociology
E51 - Rural population

Champ stratégique Cirad : CTS 5 (2019-) - Territoires

Agence(s) de financement européenne(s) : European Commission

Programme de financement européen : FP7

Projet(s) de financement européen(s) : Operationalisation of natural capital and ecosystem services: From concepts to real world applications

Auteurs et affiliations

  • Martin-Lopez Berta, Leuphana Universität (DEU) - auteur correspondant
  • Leister Ines, Leuphana Universität (DEU)
  • Cruz Pedro Lorenzo, Radboud University (NLD)
  • Palomo Ignacio, UAM (ESP)
  • Grêt-Regamey Adrienne, ETH (CHE)
  • Harrison Paula A., Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (GBR)
  • Lavorel Sandra, Université de Grenoble (FRA)
  • Locatelli Bruno, CIRAD-ES-UPR BSef (PER) ORCID: 0000-0003-2983-1644
  • Luque Sandra, IRSTEA (FRA)
  • Walz Ariane, University of Potsdam (DEU)

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