Mapping Green Infrastructure based on ecosystem services and ecological networks: A Pan-European case study
A methodology that can be used to identify and map GI elements at landscape level based on the notions of ecological connectivity, multi-functionality of ecosystems and maximisation of benefits both for humans and for natural conservation.
Narrative methods aim to understand and describe the importance of nature and its benefits to people with their own words. By using narrative methods we allow the research participants (residents of a certain place, users of a certain resource, or stakeholders of an issue) to articulate the plural
The travel cost methods (TCM) is based on the observation that recreational services can only be realised through physical access to nature. This implies that individuals seeking to enjoy the service will need to spend resources (time and money) to travel to the site. The travel activity is a
Based on some five years of European research within the TURAS program on transitions, resilience and sustainability, “Bridges to Local Economies” is a handbook looking at the role of the ‘bridging actor’ in facilitating resilient and sustainable local economies. While the book has a focus on
Almost all economic activities are dependent on 'natural capital' in some form or another. Natural capital refers to the stocks of the Earth's natural assets and resources, such as soil,water, air and biodiversity. Indeed, for business operations to successfully function long-term,
CoKnow Consulting is offering facilitation and training to build capacity for inter- and transdisciplinary processes, by supporting you and your stakeholders to co-produce knowledge and co-design solutions for sustainability. One tool which has proven to be particularly helpful is the Net-Map tool
This tool is intended to help policy makers and other stakeholders understand the extent to which biodiversity and development objectives are already integrated at the national level and the obstacles and constraints that need to be overcome to promote further, and more effective, integration. It
The film Rotterdam - The transition to urban resilience introduces Rotterdam as one of the European cities aligned with the URBES - Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services project. The city presents its experiences and future perspectives on strengthening the resilience of the urban ecosystem as
Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA) is a general framework for supporting complex decision-making situations with multiple and often conflicting objectives that stakeholders groups and/or decision-makers value differently.
Contrary to other mapping tools, participatory mapping does not primarily draw on statistics or research data, but on the practical knowledge of people. Participatory mapping visualizes local knowledge and makes it visible to all. There are several participatory mapping tools available. In an
Time use study is an innovation of the conventional stated preference techniques, in particular taken from the contingent valuation approach. In this case, the payment vehicle is expressed in labour hours rather than monetary units (use in the classical willingness to pay studies) (Kenter et al.
"Geomatics for a Sustainable environment" continuing education and summer school at the University of Geneva
As part of its continuing education program, the University of Geneva proposes a new Certificate of Advanced Studies (CAS) called «Geomatics for a Sustainable Environment» in English. The instructor-led teachings will take place as a Geneva summer school from 4 to 15 September 2017. Several
An impact evaluation framework to support planning and evaluation of nature-based solutions projects
Nature‐Based Solutions (NBS) are solutions to societal challenges that are inspired and supported by nature. The European Commission requested the EKLIPSE project to help building up an evidence and knowledge base on the benefits and challenges of applying NBS. In response to the request, the
Guiding question on ecosystem services and governance for practitioners, policy-makers and researchers
In society many actors and structures are at play and interact in myriad ways. The term governance goes beyond traditional forms of political steering (i.e. regulation, public management and hierarchical state activity). Governance emphasizes novel instruments (such as voluntary and market-based
The concept of ecosystem services has been introduced to help determine the different values of ecosystems. This report provides an introduction to ecosystems and economics: it provides a useful introduction for scholars from other social sciences as well as for biologists/ecologists acting as
The term scenario is widely used in different ways and contexts, making it necessary to arrive at a common understanding of how the term is used. Based on the OpenNESS Glossary, scenarios are defined as "plausible, but simplified descriptions of how the future may develop, based on a coherent
Human well-being (HWB) is a central component of the ecosystem services (ES) framework and in fact its major endpoint in terms of what the ES concept aims at. The question of what is meant by, and what specifically constitutes, HWB, is of major importance in any application of the ES concept.
The Revised Universal Soil Loss Equation (RUSLE) is an empirical erosion model recognised as a standard method to calculate the average risk of erosion on arable land. It developed from the Universal Soil Loss Equation (USLE) developed in the US Department of Agriculture and has other similar
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