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The ontologies of social-ecological keystone species from a community perspective

Eurasian beaver (photo Yves Adams - Vildaphoto)
Eurasian beaver (photo Yves Adams - Vildaphoto)


The theory of keystone species tells us that certain organisms have more influence on the ecosystem than one would initially think. A change or disappearance of this species has drastic consequences for the entire ecosystem. Recent thinking, however, looks beyond the usual dichotomy between man and nature. Socio-ecological systems thinking, for example, can help to look beyond the ecological, cultural or economic importance of a (key) species. Apart from the fact that this holistic perspective can serve as a tool for nature conservation, the interest in a species can also be an opportunity to learn more about the system of which this organism, and we as humans, are a part.
Status Running
Actual start/end date 01/12/2021 - 30/11/2025


INBO Research theme(s)

  • Wildlife management
  • Nature & society