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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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Meet our new OpenNESS research fellow

From this February onwards, the Belgian scientist Sander Jacobs enforces the OpenNESS community at INBO in Brussels. He will mainly be involved in ecosystem services demand analysis, looking at spatial and institutional scales, the challenge to quantify and spatially visualize and compare them, and the (decision-making) consequences of mismatches between supply and demand. Sander very kindly answered a couple of questions about himself. Read the full interview »

Photo: Sander Jacobs

The ACES 2014 conference: linking science, practice and decision-making

The ACES – A Community on Ecosystem Services – 2014 conference, bringing together a dynamic and growing assembly of professionals, researchers, and policy makers involved with ecosystem services, took place from 8-12 December 2014 in Washington DC. There were over 500 participants from over 30 nations, including leaders from all levels of the US government, NGOs, academia, and the private sector. Three OpenNESS partners contributed to the conference, participating in the plenary panels, giving presentations on OpenNESS and presenting posters. Read more »

Photo: Paula Harrison and Mark Rounsevell (OPERAs coordinator) next to the joint poster on Oppla.