Webinar Series: Natural capital and ecosystem services in research, policy and practice

Monday, 11 September 2017 - 13:00 to 14:00 (Europe/Brussels)

How to link ecosystem services knowledge, tools and practice?

First in a series of webinars focusing on 6 aspects the OPERAs project explored. Each webinar will highlight the flow between knowledge, tools and practice through case material from the OPERAs exemplars and different tools. There will also be an opportunity to ask the OPERAs experts questions at the end of each webinar and the debate will continue on Oppla.

The ecosystem services and natural capital concepts explicitly acknowledge the dependence of humanity on nature, and therefore the need to better protect and manage ecological resources. Although increasingly adopted in policy frameworks, these concepts have limited use in conservation practice. The OPERAs project explores how and under what conditions these concepts can move beyond the academic domain towards practical implementation in support of sustainable ecosystem management. OPERAs produces, refines and integrates cutting edge ecosystem science into policy and practice. It does this by providing stakeholders with user-friendly tools that enable them to benefit from ecosystem science and knowledge. OPERAs works across a range of ecosystems, in ‘exemplar’ case studies, to test tools and to transform knowledge into practice.

In this webinar Professor Mark Rounsevell (University of Edinburgh) will give an overview of the OPERAs project, and its philosophy of co-design to ensure relevant research and the development of suitable tools to support practice.

An integral part of that philosophy is to share the lessons learnt from practical projects and use this to inform the design of future studies. The Blueprint Protocol was created to facilitate this process. Dr Genevieve Patenaude (University of Edinburgh) will provide a description of the protocol and show how it can be used to guide study development. She will illustrate how the blueprint helps synthesising groups of studies and finally, discuss how the blueprint can help unearth the keys to generating ES awareness, impact on policy and impact on practice.

The Pentlands exemplar demonstrates how the OPERAs principles can be used to link ecosystem services knowledge, tools and practice. In her talk, Professor Ariane Walz (Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research) will describe how, co-designing research, led to the development of the LandPref tool and produced results that were useful the Pentlands regional park.


How to link ecosystem services knowledge, tools and practice?' took place on Monday 11 September 2017,  at 1pm CET.

You can view the recordning on Oppla's news page.

You can view the questions from the webinar and add your own comments or questions via Ask Oppla