Public goods represent a particularly complex category of environmental resources. The increasing importance of the concept of public goods in national and international legal frameworks, particularly relating to questions surrounding the role of private or public actors in providing and
This paper provides a global map to identify potential and likely marine and coastal Critical Habitat, as defined by 'International Finance Corporation Performance Standard 6'. Eleven biodiversity features are identified which can be used as an early screening aid by industries and
As was stated in the OpenNESS proposal, the quantitative relationship between biodiversity, ecosystem functioning and ecosystem services is still poorly understood. It is still unclear under what circumstances an emphasis on ecosystem services in planning and decision making is (conceptually and
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
This report summarises much of the work done by, and for, the Climate Change Group of the European Network of Heads of Nature Conservation Agencies (ENCA) between 2011 and 2013.
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-
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.
ToSIA is a decision support tool that was originally developed for the forestry sector, which analyses sustainability impacts of Forest-Wood-Chains (FWCs) and value chains related to resource use. Value chains are chains of production processes that are linked with products. ToSIA compares
Guidelines for tackling heat island effects of urban open spaces, identifying prior areas of concern and proposing measures to enhance thermal comfort, micro-climate, amenity value and biodiversity in urban regions (with strategically distributed green spaces).
This dataset demonstrates the relevance of accounting for landscape heterogeneity for particular ecosystem services and can be used to study trade-offs among ecosystem services through spatial planning.
LANDPREF is a novel tool to assess desired land use visions. It enables the adjustment of a virtual landscape according to personal preferences of competing land uses, and is an interactive tool for the survey-based assessment of land use preferences. It allows the respondents to interactively
Successful conservation on private land depends on three factors: the conservation effectiveness for the target species; the private costs in reduced productivity; and the private benefits that conservation provides, for example, by enhancing the value of remaining production. Research on palm-
Deliberative mapping of ecosystem services within and around Donana National Park (SW Spain) in relation to land use change
The establishment of protected areas is one of the main strategies for preserving biodiversity from land use transformation. However, a great number of protected areas are becoming isolated due to land use changes in their surroundings.
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