The ecosystem services concept promised a new paradigm for resource management but uptake has been disappointing slow. This failure to translate the conceptual into practical application has transpired because the literature confuses, obscures or simply lacks pathways for doing so.
There was a strong species distribution modelling flavour to the first day. There is a huge demand from ecologists for methods for building niche/distribution models using widely available but problematic presence-only data. This has led to philosophical differences in the field, alternative methodologies and numerous commentaries and as one speaker put it “much heat and little light”. Continue reading →