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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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Building synergies between OpenNESS case studies and building bridges with other EU projects

Over 35 OpenNESS partners representing 22 case studies met in Edinburgh 17-18th November 2014.  The goals of the meeting were to agree the roadmap going forward, to discuss the format of deliverables, to stimulate interaction between case studies, and to operationalize joint research activities (i.e. research where case studies join up their research). Such joint research activities include multifunctional forest management, ecosystem services in urban areas, integrated river basin management, ... Read more »

Photo: WP5 community in Edinburgh  © Francis Turkelboom

Scenarios reflecting possible developments of the EU regulatory frameworks

The OpenNESS work package on Regulatory frameworks and drivers of change (WP2) met on 4 and 5 November in Berlin. The goal was, on the one hand, to present the current state of the different tasks and, on the other hand, to start discussing integrating the policy analysis of EU regulatory frameworks with the scenario work. The meeting provided a promising starting point to synthesise work within the work package. Read more »

Photo: WP2 meeting participants © Eeva Primmer