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
Nature-based solutions like constructed/treatment wetlands, can play an essential role for the water pollution control at urban scale and for reducing the flooding risk while providing positive effects on biodiversity, social acceptance and economics.
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.
HABEaS stands for Hotspot Areas for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services and is a free online geographic information system that provides information on biodiversity and ecosystem services to stakeholders in the Mediterranean Basin. Currently, it covers Portugal and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Integrating stakeholder perspectives into environmental planning through social valuation of ecosystem services: Guidance and Prototype Applications
Social – or socio-cultural – valuation of ecosystem services is the process of discovering what ecosystem services people value and how important they are to them. Here, you find GUIDANCE to set up your own social valuation study and a illustrative PROTOTYPE APPLICATIONS to learn from.
Together with our partners, we develop strategies to facilitate the sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystem services across sectoral and administrative boundaries, based on solid data. We contribute to safeguarding the diversity of species and ecosystems for future generations.
OpenNESS provides the opportunity to test and refine the classification so that it can be used more generally as we move towards operationalisation. In general terms some standardisation of definitions and terminology would be helpful so that cross-comparisons of ecosystem outputs would be possible
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-
Knowledge of marine and coastal datasets tends to be fragmented and/or difficult to access for the non-expert or ad hoc data user. To address this lack of information, this document provides an overview of global marine and coastal datasets of biodiversity importance, and also includes some
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
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
Welcome to the Blueprint protocol for ecosystem services studies. The aims of the protocol are twofold: - to act as a thinking tool, at the onset of projects, to help researchers design their studies - to synthesise complex research projects into a common framework. Hence, it is more than a
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
Guidelines for setting up a non-profit resident-run enterprise for managing community assets, applying an adaptive PPP approach.
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
Panorama is a partnership initiative to document and promote examples of inspiring, replicable solutions across a range of conservation and development topics, enabling cross-sectoral learning and inspiration. This platform houses a number of thematic portals, and is envisioned to be continuously
This background paper draws on reviews of the mainstreaming targets and indicators of selected NBSAPs from countries at different stages of their mainstreaming process, and the approaches to assessing the success of mainstreaming biodiversity and other issues into development. Recommendations are
This Factsheet highlights some of the mian highlights from the Cities and Biodiversity Outlook - the first scientific assessment of how global urbanization trends affect biodiversity and ecosystem dynamics. It explains how biodiversity and ecosystem services can be managed and restored in