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21-23 MARCH 2017

Final OpenNESS Annual Meeting in Smolenice, Slovakia


The OpenNESS library is a growing collection of project outputs and results, containing synthesis papers, policy briefs, publications and articles, powerpoints, etc.

Peer-reviewed articles

Scientific articles published within the OpenNESS framework.


CORDIS Result in brief: The concept of ecosystem services applied to the real world

Brief no. 01 - Benefiting from ecosystem services: towards a shared understanding

Brief no. 02 - Towards sustainable nature-based solutions: research to enhance the
systemic transition
(or pdf version)

Brief no. 03 - Integrating nature-based solutions in urban planning (or pdf version)

Brief no. 04 - EU bioenergy policies at the crossroad (or pdf version)

Brief no. 05 - Diverse valuation and accounting of nature

Brief no. 06 - Links between natural capital and ecosystem services

Brief no. 07 - Local planning with ecosystem services and stakeholder participation

Brief no. 08 - Enhancing Water Framework Directive implementation through the ecosystem service approach

Brief no. 09 - Handling the messy world  guidance, tools and approaches for taking ecosystem services into practice (fi - suomi)


EU FP7 OpenNESS Project Deliverable 1.1, Potschin, M.; K. Jax; C. Görg and R. Haines-Young (2014): Preliminary conceptual frameworks for the analysis of ES and NC in relation to the four challenges, and how these issues can be communicated and resolved in difference place based-contexts. European Commission FP7

EU FP7 OpenNESS Project Deliverable 1.2, Potschin, M.; Haines-Young, R.; Görg, C.; Heink, U.; Jax, K.; Kretsch, C. and C. Schleyer (2016): Final conceptual frameworks for the analysis of ecosystem services and natural capital in relation to the challenges of well-being, sustainable management, governance and competitiveness, and how these issues can be communicated and resolved in difference place based-contexts. European Commission FP7

EU FP7 OpenNESS Project Deliverable 1.4, Haines-Young, R., Potschin, M.; Jax, K.; Görg, C.; Heink, U.; Kelemen, K. and C. Schleyer (2017): OpenNESS Conceptual Nexus (ONEX). Guidelines for testing the conceptual frameworks in case study areas using methods and data resources developed in WPs 2, 3 and 4. European Commission FP7. 83 pp plus internet application “The ONEX lab” available at:

EU FP7 OpenNESS Project Deliverable 2.1, Schleyer, C., I. M. Bouwma, E. Primmer, G. Bela, P. Berry, A. Smith, J. Hauck, K.J. Winkler, C. Deerenberg, J. Young, E. Carmen, P. Bezák, J. Ŝpulerová, Z. Barankova, H.-L. Kangas, E. Preda, A. Vadineanu, and C. Görg. Paper on the Policy Analysis. European Commission FP7, 2015. (Download the annexes)

EU FP7 OpenNESS Project Deliverable 2.3, Carmen, E., Young, Y., Watt, A., Knowledge needs for the operationalization of the concept of ecosystem services (ES) and natural capital (NC). European Commission FP7, 2012.

EU FP7 OpenNESS Project Deliverable 2.5, Hauck, J., C. Schleyer, J.A. Priess, R. Haines-Young, P. Harrison, R. Dunford, M. Kok, J. Young, P. Berry, E. Primmer, C. Veerkamp, G. Bela, A. Vadineanu, J. Dick, R. Alkemade, and C. Görg, Policy Scenarios of future change. European Commission FP7, 2017.

EU FP7 OpenNESS Project Deliverable 3.1, M. Pérez Soba, P.A. Harrison, A.C. Smith, G. Simpson, M. Uiterwijk, L. Miguel Ayala, F. Archaux, T. Erős, N. Fabrega, Á.I. György, R. Haines-Young, S. Li, E. Lommelen, L. Meiresonne, L. Mononen, E. Stange, F. Turkelboom, C. Veerkamp and V. Wyllie de Echeverria. Database and operational classification system of ecosystem service - natural capital relationships. European Commission FP7, February 2017 (version 2.1).

EU FP7 OpenNESS Project Deliverable 3.3-4.4, Barton, D.N. and P.A. Harrison (Eds.). Integrated valuation of ecosystem services. Guidelines and experiences. European Commission FP7, 2017.

EU FP7 OpenNESS Project Deliverable D3.4: Sara Vallecillo, Chiara Polce, Ana Barbosa, Carolina Perpiña Castillo, Grazia Zulian, Ine Vandecasteele, Graciela M. Rusch and Joachim Maes. Synergies and conflicts between the delivery of different ES and biodiversity conservation: Spatial planning for investment in green infrastructure and ecosystem restoration across the EU. European Commission FP7, 2016.

EU FP7 OpenNESS Project Deliverable 4.1., Gómez-Baggethun, E., B. Martín-López, D. Barton, L. Braat, H. Saarikoski, Kelemen, M. García-Llorente, E., J. van den Bergh, P. Arias, P. Berry, L., M. Potschin, H. Keene, R. Dunford, C. Schröter-Schlaack, P. Harrison. State-of-the-art report on integrated valuation of ecosystem services. European Commission FP7, 2014.

EU FP7 OpenNESS Project Deliverable 4.2., Braat, L. C. , E. Gómez-Baggethun, B. Martín-López, D. N. Barton, M. García-Llorente, E. Kelemen, H. Saarikoski. Framework for integration of valuation methods to assess ecosystem service policies. European Commission FP7, 2014.

EU FP7 OpenNESS Project Deliverable 5.4, Dick, J. et al. 2017. Review paper reporting the case study representative’s and CABs assessment of the practical advantages and limitations of ES and NC assessment from the practitioners’ perspective. European Commission FP7, 2012.

EU FP7 OpenNESS Project Deliverable 6.8, Saarikoski, H., Vikström, S., Pérez-Soba, M., Tersteeg, J., Antunes, P., Santos, R., Delbaere, B. & Wolters, R. Report on end-user workshops. Deliverable D6.8. European Commission FP7, 2017.

EU FP7 OpenNESS Project Deliverable 7.1, Wijnja, H. OpenNESS communication and dissemination plan. European Commission FP7, 2013.

EU FP7 OpenNESS Project Deliverable 7.4, Wijnja, H. & B. Delbaere Report on implementation of communication and dissemination plan. European Commission FP7, 2017.

Ecosystem services reference book

The OpenNESS ecosystem services reference book represents an agreed basis on different topics essential to the project. It is made up of individual Synthesis Papers (SPs) generated by the OpenNESS members.

(the PDFs do not open in Firefox so please use any other browser)


Deutsch - Operationalisierung von Naturkapital und Ökosystemleistungen

English - Operationalisation of Natural Capital and EcoSystem Services

Español - Operacionalización del Capital Natural y los Servicios de los Ecosistemas

Français - Opérationnalisation du capital naturel et des services écosystémiques

Nederlands - Operationaliseren van Natuurlijk Kapitaal en Ecosysteemdiensten

Suomi - Ekosysteemipalvelut ja luonnon pääoma


The OpenNESS Glossary (online) or OpenNESS Glossary (pdf) represents agreed working definitions used within this project.

Miscellaneous (articles and books)

Baró, F. and E. Gómez-Baggethun, Assessing the potential of regulating ecosystem services as nature‐based solutions in urban areas. Book chapter in: Kabisch, N., Bonn, A., Korn, H., Stadler, J. (eds.). Nature-based Solutions to Climate Change in Urban Areas - Linkages of science, society and policy. Accepted for publication (Springer) (2017)

Baró, F., Urban Green Infrastructure: Modelling and mapping ecosystem services for sustainable planning and management in and around cities. PhD thesis supervised by Prof. Erik Gómez-Baggethun and Dagmar Haase. Autonomous University of Barcelona (2016)

Baró, F., A multi-scale assessment of regulating ecosystem services in Barcelona. Book chapter in: Sergi Nuss-Girona, Mita Castañer (eds.): Ecosystem Services: Concepts, methodologies and instruments for research and applied use. Girona: Documenta Universitaria (2015) (Quaderns de medi ambient; 6). ISBN 978-84-9984-308-7.

Barton, D.N., R. Reinvang & T.M. Dyblie. Valuation of urban ecosystem services in Oslo. Insight Publishers (2015)

Burke, F. Artificial wetlands purify water as nature recruited to help deal with climate change. Horizon, the EU Research & Innovation Magazine (2016)

Burkhard, B., & J. Maes, Mapping Ecosystem Services. Pensoft Publishers, ISBN: 978-95-46-42852-3 (2017)

Delbaere, B. Landowners to put ecosystem benefits into practice. Countryside (2015)

Delbaere, B. Putting nature into business, bank and government equations. Future Earth blog (2015)

EU FP7 OpenNESS Project, Wijnja, van Uden & Delbaere (Eds) (2016) Ecosystem services in operation: case studies. European Commission FP7

Franke, T. & B. Delbaere. How landscape and nature management offer multiple benefits in an intensive-farmland. HERCULES Cultural Landscapes blog (2016)

Furman, E. A new approach to managing local ecosystems. HORIZON 2020 website (2015)

Luque, S., C. Fürst and D. Geneletti, Special Issue: Ecosystem Services Nexus Thinking. International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services & Management, Volume 13, Issue In Progress (2017)

Maes, J., et al, Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services. Urban ecosystems. 4th Report – Final. Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg. ISBN 978-92-79-58515-9 (2016)

Potschin, M.; Haines-Young, R.; Fish, R. and K. Turner (eds.) (2016): Routledge Handbook of Ecosystem Services. Routledge, London and New York, 630pp.


OpenNESS Newsflash issue 1 - March 2014

OpenNESS Newsflash issue 2 - October 2014

OpenNESS Newsflash issue 3 - September 2015

OpenNESS Newsflash issue 4 - February 2016

OpenNESS Newsflash 5 - December 2016