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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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Register now for the OpenNESS SME Event

On Wednesday 28 October, OpenNESS will bring together corporates, SMEs and researchers from around Europe in an event about businesses operationalising ecosystem services and natural capital. The SME event is set up to share recent advances and to discuss future opportunities and needs for research and innovation in the EU, related to new business opportunities and models that take account of, value and/or sustain ecosystem services and natural capital. The event is free to attend and registration is now open. For more information and to register, please visit the event's webpage. Read more »

Boreal forests and lakes provide inspirational services to OpenNESS project team

The OpenNESS Project Steering Committee held its 9th meeting on 2-4 September 2015. The team received a warm welcome by the coordination team from the Finnish Environment Institute - SYKE, who had arranged meeting space and facilities in Nuuksio National Park, close to Helsinki Airport. The fresh air, the quietness, the scenery, natural diversity and food were only some of the services that the Boreal forest and lake ecosystem offered in support of a very fruitful and constructive meeting. Read more »

Photo: The OpenNESS Project Steering Committee

Highlights from the IUFRO Landscape Ecology Conference 2015

Around 200 participants took part in the IUFRO Landscape Ecology Conference held in Tartu, Estonia on 23-30 August 2015. At the biannual meeting of the IUFRO Landscape Ecology Working Party, OpenNESS gave five oral presentations and one poster from forest-related case study leaders. Sandra S. Luque from IRSTEA, an OpenNESS partner, gave an opening speech on 'Forest Landscape Ecology WG and IUFRO strategy: New challenges for the future'. Read more »

Photo: Sandra S. Luque opening the conference © Reio Laurits