Ecosystem services assessment in agricultural and periurban areas

Ecosystem services assessment in agricultural and peri-urban areas

AgroParisTech, France, April 2023 (3 ECTS)

Objectives of the PhD Course

To present the conceptual and methodological bases for the evaluation of ecosystem services in agricultural and peri-urban areas. Through the contribution of international experts from different disciplinary fields, the objective of this short course is to present the state of the art of ecosystem service assessment methods, while also highlighting their current limitations. A field visit and a round table will illustrate the research questions raised and allow for a debate on possible approaches to valuing ecosystem services.


  • Introduction and mutual presentation of participants (D. Montagne, AgroParistech and C. Walter, Institut Agro)

  • Soils and Ecosystem services in the context of the European Green Deal (C. Chenu, INRAE, head of the EJP Soil program)

  • ​​​​​Concepts of ecosystem services and classification (D. Montagne – AgroParisTech, UMR Ecos
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem services (G. Peres, Institut Agro Rennes Angers, UMR SAS)

  • Ecosystem services provided by urban soils, a lever to enhance urban planning. (G. Seré, Lorraine University)

  • Economic valuation of ecosystem services (Jean-Michel Salles, CNRS Montpellier)

  • Assessment of soil functions through an expert-based approach (Taru Sanden, Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety)

  • Mapping of ecosystem services (C. Walter, Institut Agro Rennes Angers)

  • Soil ecosystem services bundles across European agricultural landscapes (I. Cousin, INRAE Orléans, leader of the EJP Soil SERENA project)

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