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XII, 440 p. 110 illus., 32 illus. in color.
Ecological Studies, Analysis and Synthesis, 221
The Study Area -- Environmental Changes Affecting the Andes of Ecuador -- The Challenges of Sustainable Development in the Podocarpus-El C��ndor Biosphere Reserve -- The Concept of Ecosystem Services and its Application in the Research Unit RU 816 -- Landscape History, Vegetation History and Past Human Impacts -- Past Dynamics of Speciation in Andean -- Mountain Rainforests -- Diversity in Soil Fungi and Invertebrates -- Plant Diversity and its Relevance for the Provision of Ecosystem Services -- Supporting, Regulating and Provisioning Hydrological Services -- The Carbon Balance of Tropical Mountain Forests Along an Altitudinal Transect -- Current Regulating and Supporting Services: Nutrient Cycles -- Natural Landslides which Impact Current Regulating Services: Environmental Preconditions and Modelling -- Conservation, Management of Natural Forests and Reforestation of Pastures to Retain and Restore Current Provisioning Services -- Mycorrhiza Networks Promote Biodiversity and Stabilize the Tropical Mountain Rain Forest Ecosystem ��� Perspectives for Understanding Complex Communities -- Current Provisioning Services: Pasture Development and Use, Weeds (Bracken) and Management -- Current Provisioning Ecosystem Services for the Local Population: Landscape Transformation, Land Use, and Plant Use -- Sustainable Agriculture and Conservation Payments are Key Factors in Mitigating Tropical Forest Loss -- Climate Change Effects on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning -- Global Climate Change Impacts on Local Climate and Hydrology -- Impacts of Local Land-Use Change on Climate and Hydrology -- Current and Future Variations of Nutrient Depositions and Influences on Tree Growth -- Nutrient Additions Affecting Matter Turnover in Forest and Pasture Ecosystems -- Effects of Nutrient Addition on the Productivity of Montane Forests and Implications for the Carbon Cycle -- Climate Change and its Impact on Current and Future Vegetation Dynamics and Carbon Cycling -- Sustainable Use of Tropical Forests: A Plea for a Landscape View -- Future Provisioning Services: Repasturisation of Abandoned Pastures, Problems and Pasture Management -- Towards a Sustainable Land Use Portfolio -- Knowledge Transfer for Conservation and Sustainable Management of Natural Resources ��� a Case Study from Southern Ecuador -- The Role of Biodiversity Research for the Local Scientific Community.