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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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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.

OpenNESS at the Belgian Ecosystem Services Community Christmas market

There was a lot of networking and exchanging going on at the Belgian Ecosystem Services Community (BEES) Christmas market. For the first time in its three years existence BEES organized this national event to share knowledge and practices on ecosystem services. The OpenNESS project contributed a European flavour to the event with a stand, which was combined by project partners ECNC and INBO, who presented the two Belgian case studies. Read more »

Photo: OpenNESS stand at BEES Christmas market, © Ben Delbaere