Training on Ecosystem Services and Public Participation GIS at AUA


The University of Hohenheim (UHOH) and the American University of Armenia’s (AUA) Acopian Center for the Environment organizes a training on Public Participation GIS for Ecosystem Services within the framework of the GAtES Project. The training will be held September 24-28, 8:30-12:00 at AUA.

The training is led by Professor Claudia Bieling, Unhiversity of Hohenheim, and Dr. Maria Garcia-Martin, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen (see bios below). It will cover the following topics:

  • Ecosystem services and their role in human-shaped landscapes
  • Assessment possibilities
  • Payment schemes
  • Integration in landscape management
  • Introduction to PPGIS
  • Interviewing and surveying techniques
  • Analysis possibilities in PPGIS


The lectures will be supplemented by practical work on:

  • Creating and conducting a PPGIS survey
  • Data preparation
  • Data visualization
  • Non-spatial analysis
  • Spatial analysis
  • Results interpretation


Dates: 24-28 September, 2018

Hours: 8:30 – 12:00

Venue: American University of Armenia, 40 Marshal Baghramyan Ave, Yerevan 0019

Working language: English

Cost and qulifications: Participation is free of charge but subject to candidate qualifications and space availability. Qualifications include knowledge of natural resourses management; background in environmental protection; interest in public participation questions, interested in doing research; strong knowledge of the English language.


About the Trainers

Professor Claudia Bieling

Claudia Bieling holds the Chair of Societal Transition and Agriculture at the Institute of Social Sciences in Agriculture, University of Hohenheim, Germany. Her work is rooted in transdisciplinary sustainability research and focuses on the interface of ecological and social dimensions in land-use and food systems. She works with the concepts of cultural landscapes and social-ecological resilience and draws on empirical research experience in a variety of collaborative projects (with a focus on Central and South-Western Europe). Claudia Bieling publishes extensively on land management and sustainability and edited two books with Cambridge University Press (“Resilience and the Cultural Landscape” in 2012, “The Science and Practice of Landscape Stewardship” in 2017). She serves as an associate editor for the journal “Conservation Letters”. Claudia Bieling holds a postdoctoral degree (“Habilitation”) in Landscape Management and a PhD in Forest and Environmental Policy (both from University of Freiburg, Germany). She received her Diploma (equivalent to M.Sc.) in Forest Sciences from University of Göttingen, Germany.


Researcher María García-Martín





María García-Martín is a postdoctoral researcher at the Chair of Social-Ecological Interactions in Agricultural System at the Universities of Göttingen and Kassel. She also collaborates with the Chair of Societal Transition and Agriculture at the University of Hohenheim in the DAAD funded cooperation project GAtES (German-Armenian Network on the Advancement of Public Participation GIS for Ecosystem Services as a Means for Biodiversity Conservation and Sustainable Development).

She holds a degree in Geography, a Master in Land Planning and Sustainable Local Development (Geography Department, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), and a PhD in Landscape Sustainability (Chair of Nature Conservation and Landscape Ecology, University of Freiburg).


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