Research questions

  • How are different ecosystem services interlinked with each other and to various components of biodiversity?
  • How can we quantify and map bundles of different ecosystem services at large landscape scales?
  • What is the influence of differences in temporal and spatial scales of demand and supply of services?
  • What are the potential trade-offs and synergies among services and in particular, the lack of knowledge of the relationship between provisioning and regulating services?
  • How are ecosystem functions influenced by changes in biodiversity and will respond to global change.
  • What are the socio-economic and political impediments to better governance for sustained ecosystem services?
  • How can we evolve an equitable framework for governing ecosystem services at local, regional and global scales?

Ongoing research

  • Hydrological services in Gundal (STF): Measuring watershed services, Assessing farmers’ perceptions on unseen links (forest and farms)
  • Pollination services in Coorg (FAO): Visitation and pollination in a gradient of diversity, Socio-economic analysis of biodiversity for coffee pollination
  • Conservation pest control: Bio-diverse land use with alternate habitats for natural enemies of insect pests (NATP) – Malnad; Pest control using owls (NG) –KMTR

Pipeline discussions

  • To submit proposal for political economy of sustainable ecosystem services in production landscapes for poverty reduction and sustainable growth) with south Asian partners
  • Visualising the possibilities of ecosystem services and poverty reduction: in southern India – assessing feasibility, usefulness and equity impact of PES for sustainable farming in diverse socio-ecological landscapes
  • Proposal submitted jointly with SRC on trade off between regulatory and provisioning services and global land use
  • Conceptual discussions on scale issues

Research and community interfaces

ATREE plans to induct appreciation and valuation of ecosystem services into societal discussions by:

  • Facilitating interactions within and across beneficiary groups
  • Involving peoples’ representatives for democratic, inclusive planning and governance
  • Interactions with bureaucrats and technocrats in line agencies
  • Communication through popular print media
  • Stewardship through youth and children