About the research

This research, conducted within the framework of the Israeli Long Term Ecological Research (LTER) network, focuses on how humans perceive the ecosystem services they receive from their natural environment and changes in the provision of ecosystem services. We collect data via interviews and stakeholder surveys in various parts of Israel (the Southern Arava, the Dead Sea region and the Northern Negev) and elsewhere (northern Scotland – see our blog!) to assess what aspects of the natural environment are most important to people, and how their priorities compare with prioritization of ecosystem services arising from ecological and economic studies.


Depietri, Yaella & Ghermandi, Andrea & Campisi-Pinto, Salvatore & Orenstein, Daniel. (2021). Public participation GIS versus geolocated social media data to assess urban cultural ecosystem services: Instances of complementarity. Ecosystem Services. 50. 101277

Orenstein, D.E. The Cultural Ecosystem Services of Mediterranean Pine Forests.Pines and their mixed forest ecosystems in the Mediterranean Basin. Eds. G. Ne’eman and Y. Osem. Springer. 2020. In print.

Depietri, Y. and D.E. Orenstein. Managing fire risk at the wildland-urban interface requires reconciliation of trade-offs between regulating and cultural services. Ecosystem Services. 2020. In print.

Negev, M., H. Sagie, D.E. Orenstein, S. Zemah Shamir, Y. Hassan, H. Amasha, O. Raviv, N. Fares, A. Lotan, Y. Peled, L. Wittenberg, and I. Izhaki. Using the Ecosystem Services Framework for Defining Diverse Human-Nature Relationships in a Multi-Ethnic Biosphere Reserve. Ecosystem Services. Volume 39, 100989, October 2019

Depietri, Y., Orenstein, D.EFire-Regulating Services and Disservices With an Application to the Haifa-Carmel Region in Israel. Frontiers in Environmental Sciences 7 (Article 107).  2019

Teff-Seker, Y. and D.E. OrensteinThe “Desert Experience”: Evaluating the Cultural Ecosystem Services of Drylands through Walking and FocusingPeople and Nature. 1(2): 234-248. 2019.

Hummel, C., Poursanidis, D., Orenstein, D.E., Elliott, M., Adamescu, M.C., Cazacu, C., Ziv, G. van der Meer, J., Hummel, H. The use of the Ecosystem Services approach in Protected Area management. Science of the Total Environment. 651(Pt.2):2432-2443. 2019.

Eizenberg E., D.E. Orenstein and H. Zimroni. 2017. Back to the (visualization) laboratory: using focus groups to generate qualitative and quantitative resultsJournal of Planning Education and Research. 1-14: March, 2017.

Orenstein, D.E., T. Katz-Gerro and J. Dick. Environmental tastes as predictors of environmental opinions and behaviors. Landscape and Urban Planning. 161:59-71. 2017

Maase M., P. Balvanera, J. Baudry, P. Bourgeron, J. Dick, M. Equihua, M. Forsius, L. Halada, K. Krauze, M. Nakaoka, D. Orenstein, T. Parr, C. Redman, R. Rozzi, M. Santos-Reis, A. Vădineanu. 2016. Changes in biodiversity and trade-offs among ecosystem services, stakeholders and components of well-being: the contribution of the ILTER to PECS. Ecology and Society. 21(3):31. This article is open-source and free to all!

Orenstein, D.E., H. Zimroni and E. Eizenberg. 2015. The immersive visualization theater: A new tool for ecosystem assessment and landscape planning. Computers, Environment and Urban Systems. 54:347-355.

Katz-Gerro, T. and D.E. Orenstein. 2015. Environmental Tastes, Opinions and Behaviors: Social Sciences in the Service of Cultural Ecosystem Service Assessment. Ecology and Society. 20(3):28.  This article is open-source and free to all!

Orenstein, D.E. and E. Groner. 2015. Using the ecosystem services framework in a long-term socio-ecological research platform: Lessons from the Wadi Araba desert, Israel and Jordan. In: Rozzi, R., Pickett, S.T.A., Callicott, J.B., Chapin, F.S., Power, M.E. and Armesto, J.J. (eds): Earth Stewardship: Linking Ecology and Ethics in Theory and Practice. Springer. Dordrecht, Germany. PDF

Orenstein, D.E. and E. Groner. 2014. In the eye of the stakeholder: Changes in perceptions of ecosystem services across an international border. Ecosystem Services. 8(2014):185-196.

Dick, J.M., Al-Assaf, A., Andrews, C., Díaz-Delgado, R., Groner, E., Halada, L., Izakovicova, Z., Kertész, M., Khoury, F., Krašić, D., Krauze, K., Matteucci, G., Melecis, V., Mirtl, M., Orenstein, D.E., Preda, E., Santos-Reis, M., Smith, R.I., Vadineanu, A., Veselić, S., Vihervaara, P. 2014. Ecosystem Services: a Rapid Assessment Method Tested at 35 sites of the LTER-Europe NetworkEkologia. 33(3):217-231.

Sagie, H., Y. Rofè, A. Morris, D.E. Orenstein, and E. Groner. 2013. Cross-Cultural Perceptions of Ecosystem Services: A Social Inquiry on Both Sides of the Israeli-Jordanian Border of the Southern Arava Valley Desert. Journal of Arid Environments. 97:1-11.

Orenstein, D.E., E. Groner, E. Argaman, B. Boeken, Y. Preisler, M. Shachak, E.D. Ungar and E. Zaady. 2012. An Ecosystem Service Inventory: Lessons from the Northern Negev Long-Term Social Ecological Research (LTSER) Platform. Geography Research Forum. 32:96-118.