Clarifications of the concept of socio-cultural valuation and a structured listing of the available methodologies facilitate a better integration of socio-cultural values in ecosystem service assessments and help researchers and practitioners to choose methods from the available portfolio. We
"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
RSPB, CIEEM and the RTPI have come together to show how planning for biodiversity should be integral to every part of the planning process and to inspire with examples of good practice, whatever country you are working in.The report is structured around 12 principles of good spatial planning, and
Governance of ecosystem services (ES) and natural capital (NC) is one of the four major challenges addressed by OpenNESS. The term governance indicates a mode of steering that differs from state-centred top-down command-and-control approaches, as it is marked by the inclusion of a variety of actors
The Blue Carbon Toolkit integrates both online and offline (tablet-based) technology for assessing and validating coastal 'blue carbon' habitats (mangroves, saltmarsh, seagrass etc). The tool allows habitat validations to be completed in the field using an offline, tablet-based validation
The Catchment Model recreates two river catchments in miniature - one catchment featuring various natural flood management (NFM) measures and another reflecting a more typical modern rural landscape. "Rain" is introduced into the catchment via a number of nozzles and the resulting flow
Matrix approaches are quick and simple ways to get an overall spatially-explicit picture of the ES in case study areas. The method is based on the idea of linking tabular spreadsheet data and spatial data together, i.e. joining external datasets to spatial units to create maps. A modified,
This case study analysis describes experiences on the ground with ecosystem service assessments and the way they are used in decision making processes. The overall aim was to better understand the role of such assessments and to distil lessons in relation to their effectiveness in supporting policy
Multifunctionality is also gradually being acknowledged at the conceptual level in several land-use policies, such as spatial planning, water management, forestry, green infrastructure. 'ES bundles' can make the multifunctionality concept more concrete. This Synthesis Paper (SP) will
STREAMLINE is a new format for semi-structured, one-on-one interviews. In its current form STREAMLINE consists of a set of colorful, laminated A3 canvasses. Set in the future, each canvas invites the interviewee to set out their vision on a particular topic through a series of questions and tiles.
This factsheet explains the importance of understanding the relationship between people and nature in urban planning and decision making in order to achieve urban resilience and sustainability.
This method aims to translate the people's visual experiences and perceptions of landscapes in terms of ecosystem services. It has been particularly used to explore how landscape multi-functionality (defined as the capacity of ecosystems to provide ecosystem services to society) is related
CoKnow Consulting is building capacity for inter- and transdisciplinary processes and supports you and your stakeholders to co-produce knowledge and co-design solutions for sustainability. Together we co-develop the right approaches, e.g.: • Design inter- and transdisciplinary processes tailored
A diverse business with global operations and land-based assets faces a number of reporting challenges. Management teams need fast access to data that is locked away in departmental silos, inaccessible and unusable. Even with close links to these departments, gathering all the information needed to
The policy brief summarizes policy messages on bioenergy production in the EU
The ESManage Literature Review for Stakeholders provides an overview of information on the ecosystem services framework, the role of biodiversity in ecosystem service provision, and how the concept aligns with the objectives of current policy and legislation to inform management of freshwater
The article describes an application of collaborative decision analysis with a diverse team of stakeholders who preserve, manage, or restore tidal marshes across the San Francisco Bay estuary, USA, as a case study. A Bayesian decision network revealed that a strategy considering sea-level rise and
In this guideline we give a concise overview of economic valuation methods for measuring ecosystem service values, and their pros and cons. We also discuss essential elements of social cost-benefit analyses that aim to incorporate ecosystem service values.