“Ecosystem services – Convenient narrative or practical solution?”

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In recent years, the ecosystem service approach has received considerable attention from private and public decision-makers. However, numerous questions still remain about the limitations of this approach and its ability to address complex sustainable development challenges. This public seminar aims to bring these questions into a discussion forum.
Three panelists will present the economic, social, and ecological perspectives of the ecosystem service approach. In particular, the presentations will help defining the state of current research and will provide clarity for determining the way forward. Additionally, local ecosystem service specialists, Indufor Oy., will present the private-sector case for the ecosystem service approach. Following the presentations, there will be time for public debate and questions for the panellists. The panel discussion will be open to all interested stakeholders.
Place: Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, Mechelininkatu 34A, Auditorium Laulujoutsen Time: 12:00 – 16:00 on Friday, 14th of October, 2016.


Dr. Eeva Primmer
Head of the Environmental Governance Unit at the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), and Docent in Environmental Policy at the University of Helsinki. She conducts research on governance of ecosystem services, biodiversity and forests as well as on forest and energy policy and institutions.

Dr. Markku Ollikainen
Professor of Environmental and Resource Economics in the Department of Economics and Management at the University of Helsinki. He conducts research in environmental and resource economics and policy as regards to climate change, water pollution and biodiversity conservation. He is the Chair of the Finnish Climate Change Panel.

Dr. Thomas Hahn
Assistant Professor at the Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University. His areas of expertise include agricultural, environmental, ecological, and institutional economics. Current research deals with institutional arrangements for financing and safeguarding biodiversity.
Period14 Oct 2016
Event typeSeminar
LocationHelsinki, Finland