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  Operationalisation of natural capital and ecosystem services

OpenNESS aims to translate the concepts of Natural Capital (NC) and Ecosystem Services (ES) into operational frameworks that provide tested, practical and tailored solutions for integrating ES into land, water and urban management and decision-making. It examines how the concepts link to, and support, wider EU economic, social and environmental policy initiatives and scrutinizes the potential and limitations of the concepts of ES and NC.

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OpenNESS at the third EU business and biodiversity annual meeting

Businesses are making big steps in integrating biodiversity considerations into their strategies. Or better: integrating natural capital. This was the general feeling at the well-attended annual meeting of the EU B@B platform in The Hague. The OpenNESS work on natural capital and ecosystem services, and the many experiences from our case studies were welcomed by those participants visiting the OpenNESS poster at the event. Read more »

Photo: EC DG Research & Innovation Tiago Freitas recommends Oppla to 150 business representatives, © Ben Delbaere

OpenNESS represented in ESP Africa regional conference

OpenNESS was well represented at the first conference of the Regional Africa chapter of the ESP in Nairobi, Kenya from 21 to 25 November. Its consortium members presented two papers from the project. Firstly, Jan Dick presented the overall results from the stakeholder evaluation across the 27 case studies. Secondly, in partnership with John Ochieng of the Kenyan Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), the results of the social media analysis of geo-tagged digital images that local people and visitors posted in the web-based platform Flickr were presented. Read more »

Photo: John Ochieng and Jan Dick presenting the case study brochure 'Ecosystem services in operation' to delegates at the ESP regional conference in Kenya. © Jan Dick

Blue-Green Factor Calculator app - now available for download on Android

The Blue-Green Factor (BGF) can now be implemented in an Android compatible app, downloadable from Playstore under “BGF calculator”. BGF Calculator lets you calculate the blue-green factor for a property using a method developed for Future Cities – Fremtidens Byer. The blue green factor is a measure of the quality of a property in terms of its green structures and surface water management.
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Users very enthusiastic about Oppla

During the final user board meeting of the OPERAs project lots of useful feedback was given on Oppla. A substantial proportion of the two-day meeting was devoted to the platform, a key synthesis product of OPERAs and OpenNESS. Countryscape’s Paul Mahony presented the current bèta version of Oppla and gave a sneak preview into development plans in the near future. This offered an excellent basis for an interactive session during which the 15 user board members tested Oppla and then provided feedback. Read more »

OpenNESS case studies to inspire European site managers

For many managers of nature sites around Europe, the concept of ecosystem services is relatively new and barely put in practice; or at least not consciously. During a full day seminar on ‘ecosystems at your service’ as part of the Eurosite annual member’s meeting, the participants learned about ecosystem services and how this can help in increasing support for their management and protection activities. For many it was an eye opener, making them realize that their sites and well-managed ecosystems have more to offer to society than they think. Read more »

Photo: © Eurosite