SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
  9 May 2013
Volume 14 Issue 5

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Ecosystem Services and Environmental Stressors, Whiskey Production in a Sustainable Context

Joke van Wensem, TCB and Lorraine Maltby, University of Sheffield

The Ecosystem Services Advisory Group invites you to two sessions at the SETAC Europe 23rd Annual Meeting in Glasgow, Scotland. The session "Ecosystem Services and Environmental Stressors (RA09)" will be held from 10:45–12:50 on Tuesday, 14 May in room Forth of the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre. Also consider attending the session “Whisky Production in a Sustainability Context: Chemical, Ecological, Economical and Social Aspects of the Whisky Industry (SS01)” from 13:55–16:00 on Wednesday, 15 May, in room Forth.

Ecosystem Services and Environmental Stressors

Ecosystem services (the benefits people obtain from ecosystems) are essential for human well-being. Ecosystems and their associated biota provide food, fiber, fuel and water, regulate climate and alleviate flood risk, detoxify waste and improve environmental quality, protect against pests and diseases. However, the ability of ecosystems to deliver these benefits and meet the needs of an ever-increasing human population is under threat globally from numerous environmental pressures including climate change, biodiversity loss, land use change, habitat degradation, urbanization and the contamination of soils, water and air.

Ecosystems are exposed to multiple stressors (chemical, physical and biological) and understanding how stressor exposure translates into changes in ecosystem services provision is essential if we are to manage ecosystems sustainably. This session aims to review our understanding of how stressors impact ecosystem service delivery and discuss implications for risk assessment and environmental management.

Session program

  • Indirect Effect of an Insecticide on an Ecosystem Service: Pollination by Moths | Melanie Hahn
  • Ecological Models in Chemical Risk Assessment—Recommendations of the SETAC Workshop MODELINK | Udo Hommen
  • When Pests Pose Greater Risks to Ecosystem Services than Pesticides: A Case Study | David Kreutzweiser
  • Ecosystem Services in Pesticide Regulation: Soil Treatments Used in Tomato Production in Italy | Samantha Deacon
  • Climate Change and Species Community Responses Between North and Southern Europe | Janeck Scott-Fordsmand
  • Ecosystem Services Within Sustainable Soil Management and Area Development Using the Triple-D Approach | Marlea Wagelmans

Whisky Production in a Sustainability Context: Chemical, Ecological, Economical and Social Aspects of the Whisky Industry

Whisky production depends on a wide range of goods and services from ecological systems (e.g., fossil peat, water, barley, yeast, water and oak forests) as well as a network of agrarian operations in nearby hamlets to produce the whisky. These localized production systems connect to the global economic system through commerce, finance and regulation. The intricate weave and dynamics involving the chemical, ecological, social and economic aspects that surround the whisky industry provide us a basis for bringing a touch of whimsy and intense curiosity to a number of technical disciplines that define the core of SETAC. The production of whisky is an ideal topic to show the integrative dimensions of the ecosystem services concept as well as the importance of our understanding of (bio)chemical processes, thereby making the session interesting not only for whisky fans but for the SETAC audience in general. This session is supported by the Sustainability Advisory Group.

Session program

  • Welcome | Larry Kapustka
  • Introduction | Joke van Wensem
  • The Environmental Chemistry of Single Malt | Keith Solomon
  • Overview of Ecosystem Services | Lorraine Maltby and Joke van Wensem
  • Whisky, Ecosystem Services and the Ecosystem Approach | Mark Everard
  • Economics of Whisky in Scotland | Richard Marsh
  • Colloquy Reflecting on Raw Spirits and 99 Drams | Ron McCormick and Larry Kapustka
  • Panel Q&A with Audience | Larry Kapustka

After the session, you are invited to share your ideas for topics, future sessions and other actions with the advisory group.

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