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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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Register now for the final OpenNESS conference: deadline 2 September!

The final OpenNESS conference will be a combined Ecosystem Services Conference, organised by the research projects OPERAs, OpenNESS, and ECOPLAN and the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) from 19-23 September 2016. It is hosted by the University of Antwerp in Belgium and will be the biggest European event in 2016 that links science, policy and practice on ecosystem services and natural capital. You can now register. Read more »

Photo: Uitkerkse Polders, Belgium © Yves Adams

Nature supports Europe’s sustainable cities

Nature offers many benefits to support Europe’s urban agenda and supports the move of many cities to become more sustainable and innovative. Evidence of such ‘nature-based solutions’ was presented at an EU conference. The conference, as part of the Dutch EU Presidency, focused on how evidence supports policy for sustainable cities and what tools are available to help cities in this process. In many presentations as well as in the day’s conclusions Oppla was referred to as a key platform to share the many experiences that were presented, as well as the tools that are available to support cities in their efforts to use nature-based solutions instead of technical ones. Read more »

OpenNESS Annual Meeting: four years of work comes to an end...

Will the OpenNESS project achieve its main aim, to help operationalise ecosystem services and natural capital, to turn the concepts into real-world applications? This was the underlying thinking behind this year’s annual project meeting, which focused on synthesizing the results of almost four years of work. The OpenNESS project has entered its last year of operations and therefore this meeting brought together the results of its work on concepts and theories, policies and regulations, models and methods, and valuation of ecosystem services and natural capital. Read more »

Photo: Allan Watt