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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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We must now deliver societal impact

Helping nature to help us: that was the main idea behind the joint OpenNESS, OPERAs, ECOPLAN and ESP conference on ecosystem services. Between 19 and 23 September, more than 600 participants from all over the world made their way to the University of Antwerp to debate and learn more about how nature contributes to human well-being and vice versa. The conference resulted in the Antwerp Declaration, a call to integrate ecosystem services into policy and business operation. Read more »

Photo: © Marleen Peeters

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