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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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7th Annual ESP Conference with strong OpenNESS involvement

Over 300 scientists gathered at the 7th International Ecosystem Service Partnership (ESP) Conference 2014 in Costa Rica last week (8-12 September) to discuss the latest developments in ecosystem service assessment. The theme for this year's conference was 'local action for the common good' chosen to stress that the importance of the continued provision of ecosystem services often depends on local communities, which is not sufficiently recognised in local and national policies. Read more »

Photo: David Barton during his keynote speech

Students in Brazil test Ecosystem Service Mapping App developed by OpenNESS

During a postgraduate course at UNESP (Rio Claro, Brazil) about 'Socio-Environmental Systems', students have been testing the smartphone-based ecosystem service mapping application (ESM-App) developed by OpenNESS partner UFZ in case study 'Bioenergy-related synergies and trade-offs in ES provision in Central Germany'. Read more »

Photo: OpenNESS scientists discussing with farmer (centre) and mapping ecosystem services in rural areas, interior São Paulo.