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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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Introducing Oppla: a global platform for nature-based solutions aiming to revolutionise environmental knowledge

Oppla, a new open platform for nature-based solutions, launches on Tuesday 20th September as part of the Ecosystem Services Conference taking place in Antwerp, Belgium. Oppla is a ‘one-stop-shop’ that aims to simplify how we share, obtain and create knowledge to better manage the environment. It is free to join, free to use and designed for people with diverse needs and interests — from science, policy and practice; public, private and voluntary sectors; organisations large and small, as well as individuals. All are welcome and have a part to play in its community.

First European conference on ecosystem services: Helping nature to help us

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.
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Photo: Uitkerkse Polders, Belgium © Yves Adams

OpenNESS-based paper receives SAGES prize

SAGES (Scottish Alliance for Geoscience, Environment and Society) launched an open post-graduate research competition for the best published peer-reviewed paper in 2015. The paper published by the PhD student Julen Gonzalez-Redin (James Hutton Institute) et al., based on the OpenNESS case study 5 data in the French case in the Alps to model ecosystem services trade-offs using spatial BBNs (Bayesian Belief Networks), was one of the winners. Read more >>