Understanding multiscale linkages in ecosystem services assessment using ARIES platform

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Workshop Objective   

The workshop aims to provide hands-on training on the ARIES (Artificial Intelligence for Ecosystem Services) modelling platform. Specific objectives are:

  • to build capacity on using ARIES platform for assessment of ecosystem services;
  • to receive inputs on assessments of ecosystem services that are currently being performed using ARIES platform; and,
  • to discuss the strategies for mainstreaming the framework for assessment and valuation of ecosystem services.

The target groups for the workshop are professionals involved in assessment and management of ecosystem services in the HKH region. The tentative agenda for the workshop is attached

Participants 

Professionals in-house as well as from partner organisations to participate, learn, and implement the ARIES platform in assessment and quantification of ecosystem services.

Event Background

It is recognised that the ecosystems that provide benefits to people and the beneficiaries of these services are not always located in the same region. Modelling 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 can only provide a more complete understanding of ecosystem services to support decision making at different scales. 

There is a need for a framework that can provide spatially explicit assessments and quantification of ecosystem services in the Hindu Kush Himalayas, which will improve the accuracy of ES valuation and expand the value of ES assessments to decision makers. ARIES is the first modelling tool that explicitly accounts for this spatial disconnect. 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. Building stakeholder capacity and partners working on ecosystem services in HKH region is crucial while quantifying the ecosystem services in HKH region. 

At ICIMOD, the Transboundary Landscapes (TBL) Regional Program and Geospatial Solutions theme currently utilises the 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. 

Under SERVIR-HKH programme, the platform is planned to be extended to develop models for other sites of Nepal and Bangladesh that could help in understanding the current source-sink-beneficiaries scenario in ecosystem services in those sites. 

Workshop Agenda

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

Vishwas Chitale

9.20 – 9.45

Introduction of Participants

Self intro

All participants

9.45 – 10.00

Opening Remarks

Overview of

the event

David Molden,          

Birendra Bajracharya,                 

Mir Matin,

Ferdinando Villa

10.00 -10.15

Overview of the workshop;

Introduction of the session

objectives; expected outcomes

Expected

output

Rajan Kotru

10.15 – 11.15

Introduction to ES and

PTB framework

Presentation & discussion

Ferdinando Villa

11.15 – 11.30

Tea Break

11.30 –  12.15

3 ARIES case studies

Presentation

Stefano Balbi,

Javier Martínez

12.15 – 12.45

Data, tools and assessment of ES in

HKH region: Current status

Presentation

Vishwas Chitale

12.45 – 13.30

Lunch Break

 

Session II: Thematic work 1: Cultural ES

13.30 – 13.45

Intro on the thematic work 1

Presentation

Stefano Balbi

13.45 – 15.00

Demo on cultural ES + round of feedbacks

Demo +

Plenary

discussion

Demo: ARIES Team

Facilitators: Vishwas Chitale, Janita Gurung

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

Ferdinando Villa

16.00 – 16.30

Ex 1.2: Eliciting criteria and weights

 for ranking cultural values

Participatory exercise

Facilitators: ARIES Team

16.30 – 16.55

Cultural values and Tourism

Plenary

discussion

Facilitators: Stefano

Balbi, 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

 

Janita Gurung

9.15 – 10.15

A sneak peek on the technology:

ARIES Teaser

Presentation

Ferdinando Villa

10.15 – 11.00

Modelling ES on the network

Presentation

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:

Srijana (W. Himalaya),

Bandana (E. Himalaya)

12.45 – 13.30

Lunch break

 

Session IV: Thematic work 3: Forest ES

13.30 – 13.45

Introduction to the thematic work

Presentation

Javier Martínez

13.45 – 14.45

Demo on Biodiversity and

Carbon Stocks + round of feedbacks

Demo +

Plenary

discussion

Demo: ARIES Team

Facilitators: Kabir Uddin; Srijana

14.45 – 15.00

Scenarios in ARIES

Presentation

Ferdinando Villa

15.00 – 16.00

Ex 2.1: Cognitive mapping of PTB framework for forest-based ES

Participatory exercise

ARIES Team

16.00 – 16.55

The role of ICIMOD to improve

current data and models

Plenary

discussion

Facilitator: Bandana Shakya, Vishwas Chitale

 

 

 

 

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

 

Srijana Joshi Rijal

9.15 – 10.00

Recap on ARIES and Integrated Modelling: The cyber-infrastructure

 Presentation

Stefano Balbi,

Ferdinando Villa

10.00 – 10.20

Multiscale linkages in Ecosystem

services in HKH; current status, challenges & opportunities

Presentation

Vishwas Chitale

10.20 – 10.45

Mainstreaming assessment of

Ecosystem services

Presentation

MSR Murthy

10.45 – 11.00

Tea break

11.00 – 11.30

Ex 3.1: Eliciting criteria and weights

 for ES assessment tools

Participatory exercise

ARIES Team

11.30 – 11.45

Intro on the thematic work

Presentation

Javier Martínez

11.45 – 12.45

Demo on runoff and vulnerability +

round of feedbacks

Demo +

Plenary

discussion

Demo: ARIES Team

Facilitators: Janita

Gurung, Swapnil Chaudhari

  12.45 – 13.30

Lunch break

 

Session VI: Thematic work 3: Water ES

 

 

 

 

13.30 – 14.30

Ex 3.2: Cognitive mapping of PTB framework for Water-based ES

Participatory exercise

ARIES Team

14.30 – 15.30

Upscaling current pilot studies

on ES assessment to HKH region

Panel

Discussion

Eklabya Sharma,

Prof. Wu Ning,

Rucha Ghate,

Prof. Murthy,

Prof. Ram Chaudhary

15.30 – 15.45

Teaser of the book: ‘Multiscale Perspectives of Ecosystem Services and Livelihood Linkages’

Teaser

Same as panel discussion

15.45 – 16.45

Reflections on the workshop and

the way forward: community, collaborations, software

Plenary

discussion

Facilitators:

Ferdinando Villa,

Mir Matin,

Bandana Shakya

16.45 – 16.55

Vote of thanks

 

Vishwas Chitale