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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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Obtaining local stakeholders’ knowledge of ecosystem services in Warwickshire

On 3 and 4 August, OpenNESS case study 11 – Biodiversity Offsetting in Warwickshire – ran two successful participatory GIS workshops, one with farmers and one with regional planners. The workshops were organized to help the Warwickshire case study team learn from local stakeholder knowledge of ecosystem services supply and demand within the Warwickshire case study area. Read more »

Photo: Local stakeholders discussing where to map ecosystem services within Warwickshire, Coventry and Sollihull

Nature-based solutions, circular economy and smart cities: how OpenNESS supports their ultimate aims

It's the first day of July and summer really set in. Time to give you something to reflect on during those long and sultry holidays. OpenNESS coordinator Eeva Furman (SYKE, Finland) wrote a summer blog about the emerging ideas of nature-based solutions, circular economy and smart cities. The three ideas stem from and make use of the concepts of ecosystem services and natural capital, which reflect the elements and processes necessary for human well-being. For these ideas to promote their ultimate aims, three operational actions are needed: measurement, evaluation, and demonstration. Read more »

Writing effective policy briefs

Project-specific policy briefs are useful. However, clustered policy briefs that bring together results and evidence from various projects around a policy question may be much more effective. This was the basis for BiodivERsA to organize a workshop in support of knowledge brokerage. The 60-odd participants joining at the Belgian Federal Public Planning Service Science Policy (Belspo) in Brussels witnessed a very intensive day and the difficulties involved in producing a policy-relevant, clear, concise and science-based policy brief. Read more »

Photo: Discussing hot policy topics and co-building of policy relevant questions, © BiodivERsA