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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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Intensifying cooperation with OPERAs

Attending some intensive days at the OPERAs project meeting in Dublin strengthened the connections with OpenNESS. As both projects aim at operationalizing the concepts of natural capital and ecosystem services, it makes very good sense to ensure synergies and integration and to look where we can jointly complement and enrich each other. It was therefore good to see that work in both projects is converging on topics such as decision trees, synthesising knowledge, lessons learned from stakeholder engagement in case studies and exemplars, outreach and communication. Read more »

Photo: Fingal, Christine O'Daly

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