RUBICODE - Rationalising Biodiversity Conservation in Dynamic Ecosystems


  The fifth edition of the RUBICODE newsletter was published in July 2009 and is now available to download.

  Report of the Final RUBICODE Workshop: "The Way Ahead in Ecosystem Service and Biodiversity Research" which took place in January 2009 is now available to download.

  A roadmap describing research priorities for ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation can be downloaded from the Outputs page.

  Nine reviews related to ecosystem service assessment on concepts, drivers, indicators, functional traits, values and habitat management strategies are available to download on the "Outputs" page.

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WS1: Assessing and monitoring ecosystems – concepts, policies and indicators
WS2: Linking threats to biodiversity with action in the policy-making process
WS3: Ecosystem services and drivers of biodiversity change - Background report
WS3: Ecosystem services and drivers of biodiversity change - Final report
E-conference on "Ecosystem Services and Drivers of Biodiversity Change" - Final Report
WS4: Habitat management and conservation policy - strategies for a new dynamic approach focused on ecosystem service provision
WS5: The Way Ahead in Ecosystem Service and Biodiversity Research

No. 1: Project overview
No. 2: Indicators
No. 3: Functional traits and ecosystem services
No. 4: Workshops on ecosystem service assessment and biodiversity conservation
No. 5: Integrating ecosystem services, ecosystem dynamics and biodiversity

Collection of non-technical summaries for all review papers
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Review of the dynamics of economic values and preferences for ecosystem goods and services
A. Kontogianni, M. Skourtos and P.A. Harrison
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Review of concepts of dynamic ecosystems and their services
Marie Vandewalle, Martin T. Sykes, Paula A. Harrison, Gary W. Luck, Pam Berry, Rob Bugter, Terry P. Dawson, Christian K. Feld, Richard Harrington, John R. Haslett, Daniel Hering, K.Bruce Jones, Rob Jongman, Sandra Lavorel, Pedro Martins da Silva, Mari Moora, James Paterson, Mark D.A. Rounsevell, Leonard Sandin, Josef Settele, J.Paulo Sousa and Martin Zobel
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Identifying and assessing socio-economic and environmental drivers that affect ecosystems and their services
Stephanie Anastasopoulou, Veronika Chobotova, Terry Dawson, Tatiana Kluvankova-Oravska, Mark Rounsevell
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Functional traits underlie the delivery of ecosystem services across different trophic levels
Francesco de Bello, Sandra Lavorel, Sandra Díaz, Richard Harrington, Richard Bardgett, Matty Berg, Pablo Cipriotti, Hans Cornelissen, Christian Feld, Daniel Hering, Pedro Martins da Silva, Simon Potts, Leonard Sandin, Jose Paulo Sousa, Jonathan Storkey and David Wardle
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Assessing and monitoring ecosystems – indicators, concepts and their linkage to biodiversity and ecosystem services
Christian K. Feld, Francesco de Bello, Rob Bugter, Ulf Grandin, Daniel Hering, Sandra Lavorel, Owen Mountford, Isabel Pardo, Meelis Partel, Jörg Römbke, Pedro Martins da Silva, José Paulo Sousa, K. Bruce Jones
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Report comparing indicators targeting habitat area
Pedro Martins da Silva, J. Paulo Sousa, Christian K. Feld and Daniel Hering
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Report comparing indicator systems targeting deviation from undisturbed areas and disturbance gradients
José Paulo Sousa, Pedro Martins da Silva, Christian K. Feld, Francesco de Bello, Maria João Feio, Ulf Grandin, Daniel Hering, Sandra Lavorel, Meelis Partel & Michael Samways
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European habitat management strategies for conservation: Current regulations and practices with reference to dynamic ecosystems and ecosystem service provision
John R. Haslett, Pam M. Berry and Martin Zobel
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The effectiveness and appropriateness of existing conservation policies and their integration into other policy sectors
Rob H.G. Jongman, Györgyi Bela, György Pataki, Linda Scholten, Á. Méro and C. Mertens
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Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Conservation: Knowledge gaps and roadmap for future research
Christian Anton, Martin Musche, Juliette Young, Paula A. Harrison, Christian K. Feld, Richard Harrington, John R. Haslett, Györgyi Pataki, Mark D.A. Rounsevell, J. Paulo Sousa, Martin T. Sykes, Allan Watt and Josef Settele [Download PDF]

Díaz, S., Lavorel, S., de Bello, F., Quétier, F., Grigulis, K. & Robson, T.M. (2007). Incorporating plant functional diversity effects in ecosystem service assessments. PNAS, 104, 20684-20689. [Download PDF]

Luck, G.W., Harrington, R., Harrison, P.A., Kremen, C., Berry, P.M., Bugter, R., Dawson, T.P., de Bello, F., Dia, S., Feld, C.K., Haslett, J.R., Hering, D., Kontogianni, A., Lavorel, S., Rounsevell, M., Samways, M.J., Sandin, L., Settele, J., Sykes, M.T., Van de Hove, S., Vandewalle, M., & Zobel, M. (2009). Quantifying the contribution of organisms to the provision of ecosystem services. Bioscience, 59(3), 223-235.

Luck, G.W., Kremen, C., Harrington, R. & Harrison, P.A. (2009). Response to The economic value of ecosystem services. Bioscience, 59(6), 461-462.

Samways, M.J. & Lu, S-S. (2007). Key traits in a threatened butterfly and its common sibling: implications for conservation. Biodiversity and Conservation, 16, 4095–4107, DOI 10.1007/s10531-007-9209-z. [Download PDF]

Moretti, M., de Bello, F, Roberts, S.P.M. & Potts, S.G. (2009). Taxonomical vs. functional responses of bee communities to fire in two contrasting climatic regions. Journal of Animal Ecology, 78, 98-108. [Download PDF]

Sebastià, M-T, de Bello, F., Puig, L. & Taull, M. (2008). Grazing as a factor structuring grassland in the Pyrenees. Applied Vegetation Science, 11, 215-222. [Download PDF]

Samways, M.J. (2008). Reconciling ethical and scientific issues for insect conservation. In: RG. Foottit and P.H. Adler (Eds.) Insect Biodiversity: Science and Society, Wiley-Blackwell's.

Simaika, J.P. & Samways, M.J. (2007). Valuing dragonflies as service providers. In: A. Codoba-Aguilar (Ed.) Dragonflies: Model Organisms for Ecological and Evolutionary Research. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp. 109-123. [Download PDF]

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