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Ecosystem Services Management in Asia (ECOSMAG) Synthesis Meeting
Venue: United Nations University Institute of Advanced Studies (UNU-IAS)
Thursday and Friday, 25 – 26 February, 2010
10:00 am - 5:00 pm Daily
With primary funding from Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), ECOSMAG was established to improve our understanding of the impacts of land management on ecosystem services provided by upper tributary watersheds. The key objectives of ECOSMAG include developing a framework for analyzing Ecosystem Services, analyzing governance structures vis-à-vis the delivery of Ecosystem Services, and identifying trade-offs and incentives for Ecosystem Services conservation. The three ecosystem services focused include hydrology, carbon sequestration and soil fertility with case study locations in China, Indonesia and Thailand. Since inception in 2008, various activities have been carried out, comprising stakeholder analyses, Ecosystem Services inventory, valuation, modeling and mapping, and governance analyses with respect to flow to different stakeholders. Recent events suggest that ECOSMAG outputs may contribute significantly to several international agendas on Biodiversity, Carbon Management and Interlinkages between Ecosystem Services and Human Wellbeing. The current meeting will deliberate research findings to date, share concrete results on ECOSMAG and related activities in Asia and discuss outstanding research implementation challenges.