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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 Annual Meeting: four years of work comes to an end...

Will the OpenNESS project achieve its main aim, to help operationalise ecosystem services and natural capital, to turn the concepts into real-world applications? This was the underlying thinking behind this year’s annual project meeting, which focused on synthesizing the results of almost four years of work. The OpenNESS project has entered its last year of operations and therefore this meeting brought together the results of its work on concepts and theories, policies and regulations, models and methods, and valuation of ecosystem services and natural capital. Read more »

Photo: Allan Watt

OpennESS and OPERAs share the stage to promote IBPES

The Ecosystem Service Community of Scotland hosted a discussion panel focused on the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES). Three IPBES contributing scientists were joined by Sally Thomas, Head of Land Use and Biodiversity policy team, Scottish Government and Dr Diana Mortimer the co-ordinator of the UK IPBES Stakeholder Hub. The most frequently raised issues included 1. the importance of local knowledge and communication of IPBES results to policy makers and the general public, and 2. funding of the assessments and the secretariat and lessons learnt from the IPCC process. Read more »

Image: A word cloud of the questions registered at the ESCOM IPBES event 9 March 2016

Research to support innovating with nature

There is a need for a major transition in society to support the global aim for a more sustainable future. Nature has a tremendous potential to support such transition through the benefits it provides to human well-being. Research supports the knowledge-base that is required to enable a nature-based transition. These are some of the key points from a policy day ‘Innovating with nature’ that was held on 1 March in Brussels. The meeting was hosted by Sirpa Pietikäinen MEP and organized by the European Commission DG Research & Innovation with two of its research projects on turning ecosystem services into practice: OpenNESS and OPERAs. Read more »

Photo: Opening statement by Mr Kurt Vandenberghe, DG R&I. © Archie Crofton