Ibone Ametzaga: Ecosystem services & well being

Title

Ecosystem services and human well being

Mentor

Ibone Ametzaga

University

Bilbao, Spain: Universidad del Pais Vasco

Department

Plant Biology and Ecology and UNESCO Chair on Sustainable Development and Environmental Education (UPV/EHU)

Biosketch

Ibone Ametzaga-Arregi holds a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at Imperial College of Science and Technology from 1993. She has been working at different universities (Public University of Navarra, University of Vigo) and also doing research at the University of Berkley in Santa Barbara and the University of Oxford. Her main research topics are in relation to ecosystems: ecology, communities, restoration, management…and lately more in relation to Ecosystem Services and human wellbeing. The research group, where she is, works closely with the administration (County Council of Bizkaia, Basque Government and town-halls) and as result of that Environmental legislation is being improved in order to have a more holistic landscape management. In relation to this, the group is trying to design green infrastructures, in relation to urban areas, that are very important, mainly, for the wellbeing of urban inhabitants and also Nature Based Solutions in order to adapt to Climate Change.

Project overview

The purpose of this project is to develop in Euskadi the conceptual and methodological framework of the International Scientific Programme Millenium Ecosystem Assessment. This program aims to generate scientific knowledge applicable in the public and private sectors, on the consequences of the changes that are being generated in ecosystems and their services (mostly due to the impact of territorial policies) as well as present possible response options. The project aims to be a tool for the identification of priority actions designed to avoid or minimize human impacts on ecosystems and their services and, on the other hand, highlight the policies and actions that impact positively on the conservation and sustainable use of natural capital of Euskadi. In addition, pursuing supply planning and management tools, as well as offering prospects (scenarios) on the consequences of the decisions that affect the flow of ecosystem services. Besides the political and institutional training, it is intended to value citizenship between the intrinsic values of our natural capital through the dissemination of the results of the project. This diffusion is carried out both locally, nationally and internationally.

The student will learn methodologies to evaluate the Ecosystem Services, people perception and Green infrastructure design. For more information the student can check the UNESCO Chair website.