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OpenNESS Synthesis paper: Green infrastructure

Considering the overall goals of the OpenNESS project and its variety of case studies, it is important to have a clear idea about how the concept of green infrastructure can be operationalised in practice, despite its inherent conceptual complexity and ambiguity. The concept of Green Infrastructure

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ES Public Consultation Methods

Abstract The concept of Ecosystem Services (ES) is relatively new to environmental policy. ES provided by the natural environment are recognised as an important contributor, directly and indirectly, to human well-being. These include the ecosystem’s provision of natural commodities (e.g. ag-

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Method Factsheet - Shadow Pricing

Shadow pricing is highly appropriate to elicit monetary values and anthropocentric instrumental values of nature's benefits. When society sets environmental targets on the provision of non-marketed ecosystem services it is an implicit valuation of the services. The shadow price is the marginal

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Georgian Biodiversity Database

This internet resource aims to introduce the world-wide scientific (and not only scientific) community to the biological diversity of Georgia (and, to certain extent, the Caucasus ecoregion).

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WeLCa - A life-cycle-thinking-based software for calculation of impacts on ecosystem services in the wine sector

WeLCa (Wine Ecosystem Life-Cycle Assessment) tool is a life cycle based tool to support decision making in the wine sector. WeLCa builds upon the existing LCA methodologies, recognized and used by companies for environmental communication providing additional information on their impact on various

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The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity in Local and Regional Policy Management

In this volume of the TEEB (The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity) publication series, the key concepts of the project are applied to local and regional policy and public management. The aim is to show that by taking nature's benefits into account, decision makers can promote local

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EU level ecosystem services mapping toolbox

This dataset contains maps of supply and demand of a few ecosystem services, and GIS tools to make such maps. The tools are targeted at EU level and provide a broad picture of ES supply and demand. Tools are moderate complexity methods for mapping, that upscale findings from detailed process based

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Conservation of small mammals and associated ecosystems

The “Conservation of small mammals and associated ecosystems” policy brief is focusing on the importance of European policies (for example, the Common Agricultural Policy, the EU Strategy on Climate Adaptation) and actions in the context of the conservation of small mammals and other species which

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OpenNESS Synthesis paper: Indicators for ecosystem services

An indicator is a quantitative measure which represents a complex system or phenomenon. Indicators are key elements in policies for goal formulation and evaluation of achievements, as well as simplification of information and communication. There is a long tradition of applying indicators in a

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Preference Assessment Factsheet

reference assessment is a direct and quantitative consultative method for analyzing perceptions, knowledge and associated value of ecosystem services demand or use (or even social motivations for maintaining the service) without using economic metrics. It could also be used to understand which

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Planning Naturally. Spatial planning with nature in mind: in the UK and beyond

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

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EcoCities: Four Degrees of Preparation

Central to research project, EcoCities, is the concept of building adaptive capacity. This concerns helping cities to develop the skills, knowledge and expertise necessary to adapt to the impacts and opportunities that a changing climate presents. The core aim of EcoCities has been to undertake

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Method Factsheet - Quickscan

The QUICKScan software and QUICKScan tool (http://QUICKScan.pro) encompasses a modelling environment with functionalities to assess societal and environmental conditions, diagnose patterns and interactions, implement alternative responses and evaluate the impacts of those responses. The QUICKScan

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Ecosystem types of Europe

The dataset combines the Corine based MAES ecosystem classes with the non-spatial EUNIS habitat classification for a better biological characterization of ecosystems across Europe. As such it represents probabilities of EUNIS habitat presence for each MAES ecosystem type.

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BiodivERsA Stakeholder Engagement Handbook

The BiodivERsA Stakeholder Engagement Handbook is a practical guide designed to assist research teams identify relevant stakeholders to engage with in order to enhance the impact and social relevance of their work. The Handbook draws upon exiting literature and presents case studies that provide

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The URBES project - European URban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

This animated movie entitled “What’s the role of nature? Scientists at the URBES project inspire sustainable urban planning for people and nature” shows the results of the ‘Urban Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services’ (URBES) research project funded by BiodivERsA. It presents the key research

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Carbon Sequestration from a Greenhouse Gas Value perspective - Study and online application

Terrestrial ecosystems regulate climate by their exchange of greenhouse gases with the atmosphere. The "Greenhouse Gas Value"(GHGV) is a measure for the greenhouse gas benefit of preserving an ecosystem over a multi-year time frame, or the cost in terms of greenhouse gases when the

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GIZ ValuES - Synthesis Report of 19 ecosystem service assessments for different purposes

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

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OpenNESS Synthesis paper: Competitiveness

Understanding how the sustainable management of ecosystem services and natural capital relates to EU competitiveness at local, national and global scales is a key operational challenge. The consortium shall debate the concept of 'competitiveness' and its needs in general terms, it is one

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Understanding Stakeholder Values for Woodland Expansion - Briefing Note

Despite woodland expansion being advocated via a number of policy documents, barriers to woodland creation in Scotland remain. These include contested views about land use amongst multiple stakeholders, concerns around trade-offs with other land uses, and a lack of synergy between policies and

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