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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: the results are starting to take shape

The 2nd OpenNESS Annual Meeting took place in Barcelona from 20-24 April 2015 and was hosted by the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). The aim of the meeting was to review interim results and discuss the next steps in implementing the integrated research design. A special focus was on presenting the 27 OpenNESS case studies, which provided the consortium with valuable insights and inspiring experiences. Read more »

Photo: The meeting took place in the beautiful Casa Convalescència

New OpenNESS synthesis paper on green infrastructure published

The next chapter of the OpenNESS Ecosystem Services Reference Book has been published. The new Synthesis Paper - generated by OpenNESS members - analyses the concept of Green Infrastructure (GI). GI is gaining political momentum and has been rapidly introduced in both planning theory and policy, especially in US and Europe. Considering the overall goals of the OpenNESS project and its variety of case studies, it is important to have a clear idea about how the concept can be operationalised in practice, despite its inherent conceptual complexity and ambiguity. Read more »

Image: The scales of GI planning