Understanding multiscale linkages in Ecosystem services assessment using ARIES Platform


Quantifying and mapping ecosystem services (ES) that reach beneficiaries provide a key to distinguishing between the potential for benefit provision and the benefits actually accrued by society. Such a spatially explicit information framework can improve the accuracy of ES valuation and expand the value of ES assessments to decision makers. Beneficiary-based maps of ES provision are crucial in resource management scenarios for influencing management decisions that appropriately address distributional equities among ‘‘winners’’ and ‘‘losers’’. Modeling approaches that map and quantify service-specific sources (ecosystem capacity to provide a service), sinks (biophysical or anthropogenic features that deplete or alter service flows), beneficiaries (user locations and level of demand), and spatial flows only can provide a more complete understanding of ecosystem services leading to decision making at different scales. Researchers have long recognized that the ecosystems that provide benefits to people and the beneficiaries of these services are not always located in the same region. ARIES (Artificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services) is the first modeling tool that explicitly accounts for this spatial disconnect. ARIES accomplishes this by first using deterministic or probabilistic models to map provision, use, and sinks of ecosystem services. It then uses agent based models to move a carrier for each service across the landscape according to service specific flow paths. While most ecosystem services mapping tools and projects have simply mapped the potential provision of ecosystem services in the past, ARIES maps actual provision, use, and flows of services by accounting for flow paths and rival use or “sink” regions that deplete or transform the carrier of a service as it moves across the landscape.

            At ICIMOD, under transboundary landscapes regional program various initiatives are working on assessment and quantification of ecosystem services, thus it will be crucial to monitor the status of these services under changing climatic and anthropogenic scenarios. For example, a framework on assessment and valuation of non-monitory cultural ecosystem services is already been prepared for Kailash Sacred Landscape, which defines methods and formats for collection of data on cultural services. Geospatial Solutions theme and KSLCDI are currently utilizing ARIES modelling platform to assess the sacredness potential of the Kailash landscape based on the data on cultural sites from India, China, and Nepal, which could prove to be an important input while nominating the landscape as an UNESCO world heritage site. Similarly, quantification and assessment based on the geospatial framework in ARIES could help in understanding the current source-sink-beneficiaries scenario in other ecosystem services from other transboundary landscapes as well.

            In this regard, we are organizing a regional workshop at ICIMOD, Kathmandu during 8 to 10 November 2016 for professionals in-house as well as from partner organizations to participate, learn, and implement the ARIES platform in assessment and quantification of ecosystem services. The objective of the workshop is to bring professionals working on ecosystem services in different transboundary landscape initiatives and SERVIR HKH in different RMCs to get their inputs on assessments of ecosystem services that are currently being performed using ARIES platform at ICIMOD, to build their capacity on using ARIES platform for assessment of ecosystem services in their country, and to discuss the strategies for mainstreaming the framework for assessment and valuation of ecosystem services for upscaling to HKH level.

Workshop Programme

8-10 November 2016, ICIMOD, Kathmandu
“Understanding multiscale linkages in Ecosystem services assessment using ARIES Platform”

 
Date / Day/ Time Topic Method Responsible Person
8 November

Day 1

Session I:Introduction
9.00 – 9.15 Registration of the participants Ujala Rajbhandari

& Sunayana  Basnet

9.15 – 9.20

 

Welcome to Participants Welcome Dr. Vishwas Chitale
9.30 – 9.45 Opening Remarks Overview of

the event

Dr. Eklabya Sharma;

Dr. Rajan Kotru;

Dr. Ferdinando Villa

 

9.45 – 10.15 Introduction of Participants Self intro All participants
10.15 -10.30 Overview of the workshop;

Introduction of the session

objectives; expected outcomes

Expected

output

Dr. Mir Matin

 

10.30 – 11.15 Introduction to ES and

PTB framework

Presentation Dr. Ferdinando Villa
11.15 – 11.30 Tea Break
11.30  12.15 3 ARIES case studies Presentation Dr. Stefano Balbi,

Dr. Javier Martínez,

Dr. Vishwas Chitale

12.15 12.45 Data, tools and assessment of ES in

HKH region: Current status

Presentation TBD- ICIMOD
12.45 – 13.30 Lunch Break
  Session II: Thematic work 1: Cultural ES
13.30 – 13.45 Intro on the thematic work 1 Presentation Dr. Stefano Balbi
13.45 – 15.00 Demo on cultural ES + round of feedbacks Demo +

Plenary

discussion

Demo: ARIES Team

Facilitators: Dr. Vishwas;

Dr. Janita, Dr. Srijana, Neha

15.00 – 15.45 Ex 1.1: Cognitive mapping of PTB framework for Cultural ES Participatory exercise Facilitators: ARIES Team
15.45 – 16.00 MCA in ARIES Presentation Dr. Ferdinando Villa
16.00 – 16.45 Ex 1.2: Eliciting criteria and weights

for ranking cultural values

Participatory exercise Facilitators: ARIES Team
16.45 – 17.15 Cultural values and Tourism Plenary

discussion

Facilitators: Dr. Stefano

Balbi, Dr. Vishwas Chitale

9 November

Day 2

Session III: Knowledge: Data and models
9.00 – 9.15 Overview of Day 2: Taking forward inputs from Day 1 Dr. Janita Gurung
9.15 – 10.15 A sneak peek on the technology:

ARIES Teaser

Presentation Dr. Ferdinando Villa
10.15 – 11.00 Modelling ES on the network Presentation Dr. Ferdinando Villa
11.00 – 11.15 Tea Break
11.15 – 12.45 Ecosystem services assessments by partners; work done so far,

or progress and plans;

data availability

Short presentations 1 person from each HKH country (8 presentations)

Facilitators:

Dr. Srijana (W. Himalaya),

Ms. Bandana (E. Himalaya)

12.45 – 13.30 Lunch break
  Session IV: Thematic work 3: Forest ES
13.30 – 13.45 Intro on the thematic work Presentation Dr. Javier Martínez

 

13.45 – 14.45 Demo on Biodiversity and Carbon Stocks + round of feedbacks Demo +

Plenary

discussion

Demo: ARIES Team

Facilitators: Dr. Vishwas;

Dr. Janita, Dr. Srijana, Neha

14.45 – 15.00 Scenarios in ARIES Presentation Dr. Ferdinando Villa
15.00 – 16.00 Ex 2.1: Cognitive mapping of PTB framework for Forest-based ES Participatory exercise ARIES Team
16.00 – 17.00 The role of ICIMOD to improve

current data and models

Plenary

discussion

Facilitator:

Dr. Vishwas Chitale

17.00 – 17.15 Quick reflection on Day 2 Plenary

discussion

Facilitator:

Swapnil Chaudhari

 
10 November

Day 3

Session V: Mainstreaming ES assessment and upscaling

to HKH region

9.00 – 9.15 Overview of Day 3: Taking forward inputs from Day 2 Dr. Janita Gurung
9.15 – 10.00 Recap on ARIES and Integrated Modelling: The cyber-infrastructure  Presentation Dr. Stefano Balbi,

Dr. Ferdinando Villa

10.00 – 10.20 Multiscale linkages in Ecosystem services in HKH; current status, challenges & opportunities Presentation Dr. Vishwas Chitale
10.20 – 10.45 Mainstreaming assessment of Ecosystem services Presentation Dr. MSR Murthy
10.45 – 11.00 Tea break
11.00 – 12.00 Upscaling current pilot studies

on ES assessment to HKH region

Panel

Discussion

Prof. Wu Ning, Dr. Murthy, Prof. Ram Chaudhary, Dr. E Sharma, Dr. R Ghate
12.00 – 12.45 Ex 3.1: Eliciting criteria and weights

for ES assessment tools

Participatory exercise ARIES Team
12.45 – 13.30 Lunch break
  Session VI: Thematic work 3: Water ES
13.30 – 13.45 Intro on the thematic work Presentation Dr. Javier Martínez

 

13.45 – 14.45 Demo on runoff and vulnerability + round of feedbacks Demo +

Plenary

discussion

Demo: ARIES Team

Facilitators: Dr. Vishwas;

Dr. Janita, Dr. Srijana, Neha

14.45 – 15.45 Ex 3.2: Cognitive mapping of PTB framework for Water-based ES Participatory exercise ARIES Team
15.45 – 16.45 Feedbacks on the workshop and

the way ahead: community, collaborations, software

Plenary

discussion

Facilitators:

Dr. Ferdinando Villa,

Swapnil Chaudhari

16.45 – 17.00 Vote of thanks  Swapnil Chaudhari

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