“Mapping and measuring ecosystem services”

Speaker:         Dr. Tim Cadman (Senior Research Fellow, Earth Systems Governance Project, Governance and Law at Griffith University)

Date:          Monday, May 6, 2019. 10:00am – 12:00pm

Venue:        Center of Development Research (ZEF), University of Bonn, Genscherallee 3, 53113 Bonn, right conference room, ground floor.



Understanding what contemporary international policy regimes ‘look’ like is critical to engaging policymakers and the public in processes that are often bewildering and frustrating. The Climate Regime Map and Eco-Regime Map, developed by Griffith University, are intended as decision-support tools to enable users to navigate themselves around global environmental agreements. From a design perspective, the project seeks to move beyond a two-dimensional mapping exercise, and encompass visually engaging graphics, connected databases of information, surveys, and other interactive components. The maps are intended as a means to involve governmental Parties to UNFCCC and CBD, etc., as well as civil society and non-governmental actors, in a process of critical reflection on the design of current international regimes, and how to improve them into the future.

In addition, recognizing the importance of interactions across organisations at different scales, and between different organizations, the networks of relations were also mapped in an effort to represent the connections between the different components within the global political economy of ecosystems services (ES), and the types of connection. An analytical tool further allows for users to select different iterations of the map, by year, therefore building a composite picture of the trends within the map over the years. It should be stressed that the map is a physical (digital) representation of the governance field, which and may be visited at ecoregimemap.net.

Scholars, policymakers, researchers and practitioners are invited to explore the Eco-Regime Map with its designer Dr. Tim Cadman, and discover this new approach to mapping and measuring ecosystem services at the global level.”



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