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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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Oppla all set to serve European projects

There’s a great need in European projects on ecosystem services and nature-based solutions for sharing good practice, working examples and quantifiable evidence. With the concept of nature-based solutions gaining increasing attention from policy, practice and research there’s a growing demand for interdisciplinary approaches and stakeholder engagement. This will support co-creation of solutions to offer multiple benefits to society. Rather than developing networking and knowledge-sharing platforms for each topic separately it is important to join forces and use existing platforms. Oppla is a key platform in this respect. Read more »

OpenNESS at the third EU business and biodiversity annual meeting

Businesses are making big steps in integrating biodiversity considerations into their strategies. Or better: integrating natural capital. This was the general feeling at the well-attended annual meeting of the EU B@B platform in The Hague. The OpenNESS work on natural capital and ecosystem services, and the many experiences from our case studies were welcomed by those participants visiting the OpenNESS poster at the event. Read more »

Photo: EC DG Research & Innovation Tiago Freitas recommends Oppla to 150 business representatives, © Ben Delbaere

OpenNESS represented in ESP Africa regional conference

OpenNESS was well represented at the first conference of the Regional Africa chapter of the ESP in Nairobi, Kenya from 21 to 25 November. Its consortium members presented two papers from the project. Firstly, Jan Dick presented the overall results from the stakeholder evaluation across the 27 case studies. Secondly, in partnership with John Ochieng of the Kenyan Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), the results of the social media analysis of geo-tagged digital images that local people and visitors posted in the web-based platform Flickr were presented. Read more »

Photo: John Ochieng and Jan Dick presenting the case study brochure 'Ecosystem services in operation' to delegates at the ESP regional conference in Kenya. © Jan Dick

Users very enthusiastic about Oppla

During the final user board meeting of the OPERAs project lots of useful feedback was given on Oppla. A substantial proportion of the two-day meeting was devoted to the platform, a key synthesis product of OPERAs and OpenNESS. Countryscape’s Paul Mahony presented the current bèta version of Oppla and gave a sneak preview into development plans in the near future. This offered an excellent basis for an interactive session during which the 15 user board members tested Oppla and then provided feedback. Read more »