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  Operationalisation of natural capital and ecosystem services

OpenNESS aims to translate the concepts of Natural Capital (NC) and Ecosystem Services (ES) into operational frameworks that provide tested, practical and tailored solutions for integrating ES into land, water and urban management and decision-making. It examines how the concepts link to, and support, wider EU economic, social and environmental policy initiatives and scrutinizes the potential and limitations of the concepts of ES and NC.

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OpenNESS at the Belgian Ecosystem Services Community Christmas market

There was a lot of networking and exchanging going on at the Belgian Ecosystem Services Community (BEES) Christmas market. For the first time in its three years existence BEES organized this national event to share knowledge and practices on ecosystem services. The OpenNESS project contributed a European flavour to the event with a stand, which was combined by project partners ECNC and INBO, who presented the two Belgian case studies. Read more »

Photo: OpenNESS stand at BEES Christmas market, © Ben Delbaere

Brrr-ace yourselves! Cairngorms: The Winter Edition

Despite warnings of strong winds and snow forecast for the North of Scotland, Jan Dick and Cecilia Zagaria set off from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology on a late December afternoon. Equipped with designed maps and questionnaires, they boarded the much needed pick-up truck with the purpose to run a pilot survey for the spatial investigation of community values for cultural ecosystem services in Glenlivet Estate, deep within the snowy ridges of the Cairngorms National Park. Read more »

Photo: Cecilia Zagaria at Tomintoul, Glenlivet Estate, Cairngorms National Park