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Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity and Environmental Change in a Tropical Mountain Ecosystem of South Ecuador

Series: Ecological Studies Volume: 221

By: Jörg Bendix(Editor), Erwin Beck(Editor), Achim Bräuning(Editor), Franz Makeschin(Editor), Reinhard Mosandl(Editor), Stefan Scheu(Editor), Wolfgang Wilcke(Editor)

440 pages, 110 colour illustrations and 32 b/w photos & b/w illustrations , tables


Hardback | Jul 2013 | #206147 | ISBN-13: 9783642381362
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Ecosystem Services, Biodiversity and Environmental Change in a Tropical Mountain Ecosystem of South Ecuador provides an assessment of the current and future state of biodiversity and ecosystem services in one of the "hottest" biodiversity hotspot of the world, the south-eastern Andes of Ecuador. It is based on 15 years of comprehensive interdisciplinary ecosystem research, producing a wealth of data, and profound as well as far reaching information on ecosystem structure and functioning, covering the biotic, abiotic and socio-economic spheres.


Part I Introduction


1 The Study Area

M. Richter, E. Beck, R. Rollenbeck, J. Bendix


2 Environmental Changes Affecting the Andes of Ecuador

T. Peters, T. Drobnik, H. Meyer, M. Rankl, M. Richter,

R. Rollenbeck, B. Thies, J. Bendix


3 The Challenges of Sustainable Development in the Podocarpus-El Cóndor Biosphere Reserve

J. Barkmann, S. Eichhorn, B. Maza, F. v. Walter, R. Olschewski


4 The Concept of Ecosystem Services and its Application in the Research Unit RU 816

J. Barkmann, B.M. Hillmann, R. Marggraf


Part II Current Situation of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services


5 Landscape History, Vegetation History and Past Human Impacts

F. Rodriguez, A. Bräuning, A. Gerique, H. Behling, F. Volland


6 Past Dynamics of Speciation in Andean Mountain Rainforests

K. Fiedler, P. Strutzenberger


7 Diversity in Soil Fungi and Invertebrates

M.C. Rillig, T. Camenzind, J. Gawlik, I. Haug, V. Krashevska, M. Maraun, D. Sandmann, S. Scheu


8 Plant Diversity and its Relevance for the Provision of Ecosystem Services

J. Homeier, F.A. Werner, J. Gawlik, T. Peters, K.-H. J. Diertl, M. Richter


9 Supporting, Regulating and Provisioning Hydrological Services

L. Breuer, D. Windhorst, A. Fries, W. Wilcke


10 The Carbon Balance of Tropical Mountain Forests Along an Altitudinal Transect

C. Leuschner, A. Zach, G. Moser, J. Homeier, S. Graefe, D. Hertel, B. Wittich, N. Soethe, S. Iost, M. Röderstein, V. Horna, K. Wolf


11 Current Regulating and Supporting Services: Nutrient Cycles

W. Wilcke, J. Boy, U. Hamer, K. Potthast, R. Rollenbeck, C. Valarezo


12 Natural Landslides which impact Current Regulating Services: Environmental Preconditions and Modelling

J. Bendix, C. Dislich, A. Huth, B. Huwe, M. Ließ, B. Schröder, B. Thies, P. Vorpahl, J. Wagemann, W. Wilcke


13 Conservation, Management of Natural Forests and Reforestation of Pastures to Retain and Restore Current Provisioning Services

M. Weber, B. Stimm, M.F. López, A. Gerique, P. Pohle, P. Hildebrandt, T. Knoke, X. Palomeque, B. Calvas, S. Günter, N. Aguirre, D. Kübler


14 Mycorrhiza Networks Promote Biodiversity and Stabilize the Tropical Mountain Rain Forest Ecosystem – Perspectives for Understanding Complex Communities

I. Kottke, S. Setaro, I. Haug, P. Herrera, D. Cruz, A. Fries, J. Gawlik, J. Homeier, F. Werner, A. Gerique, J.P. Suárez


15 Current Provisioning Services: Pasture Development and Use, Weeds (Bracken) and Management

K. Roos, J. Bendix, G. Curatola, J. Gawlik, A. Gerique, U. Hamer, P. Hildebrandt, T. Knoke, H. Meyer, P. Pohle, K. Potthast, B. Thies, A. Tischer, E. Beck


16 Current Provisioning Ecosystem Services for the Local Population: Landscape Transformation, Land Use, and Plant Use

P. Pohle, A. Gerique, M.F. López, R. Spohner


17 Sustainable Agriculture and Conservation Payments are Key Factors in Mitigating Tropical Forest Loss

B. Calvas, T. Knoke, L.M. Castro, P. Hildebrandt, M. Weber, B. Stimm, R. Mosandl, S. Günter, N. Aguirre


Part III Future Environmental Changes and their Impacts on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services


18 Climate Change Effects on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning

F.A. Werner, N. Jantz, V. Krashevska, T. Peters, H. Behling, M. Maraun, S. Scheu, G. Brehm


19 Global Climate Change Impacts on Local Climate and Hydrology

L. Breuer, J.-F. Exbrayat, I. Plesca, W. Buytaert, T. Ehmann, T. Peters, E. Timbe, K. Trachte, D. Windhorst


20 Impacts of Local Land-Use Change on Climate and Hydrology

D. Windhorst, B. Silva, T. Peters, H. Meyer, B. Thies, J. Bendix, H.-G. Frede, L. Breuer


21 Current and Future Variations of Nutrient Depositions and Influences on Tree Growth

R. Rollenbeck, I. Otte, P. Fabian, W. Wilcke, D. Pucha Cofrep, A. Bräuning, J. Bendix


22 Nutrient Additions Affecting Matter Turnover in Forest and Pasture Ecosystems

U. Hamer, K. Potthast, W. Wilcke, H. Wullaert, C. Valarezo, D. Sandmann, M. Maraun, S. Scheu, J. Homeier


23 Effects of Nutrient Addition on the Productivity of Montane Forests and Implications for the Carbon Cycle

J. Homeier, C. Leuschner, A. Bräuning, N.L. Cumbicus, D. Hertel, G.O. Martinson, S. Spannl, E. Veldkamp


24 Climate Change and its Impact on Current and Future Vegetation Dynamics and Carbon Cycling

B. Silva, C. Dislich, I. Voss, K. Roos, R. Scheibe, P. Vorpahl, B. Schröder, A. Huth, E. Beck, J. Bendix


25 Sustainable Use of Tropical Forests: A Plea for a Landscape View

T. Knoke, B. Calvas, P. Hildebrandt, M. Weber, B. Stimm, S. Günter, N. Aguirre, R. Mosandl


26 Future Provisioning Services: Repasturisation of Abandoned Pastures, Problems and Pasture


E. Beck, J. Bendix, B. Silva, R. Rollenbeck, L. Lehnert, U. Hamer, K. Potthast, A. Tischer, K. Roos


Part IV Synopsis


27 Towards a Sustainable Land Use Portfolio

E. Beck, J. Bendix


28 Knowledge Transfer for Conservation and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources – a Case Study from Southern Ecuador

S. Günter, B. Calvas, T. Lotz, J. Bendix, R. Mosandl


29 The Role of Biodiversity Research for the Local Scientific Community

P. Pohle, M.F. López, E. Beck, J. Bendix



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