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Nature is at the heart of the OpenNESS case study site in the Cairngorms

A new partnership aimed at driving forward conservation projects in the Cairngorms National Park (UK) to ensure it is in good shape for future generations, was launched by the Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment on 18 May 2013. This partnership will also function as the ‘Case study Advisory Board’ (CAB) in OpenNESS. Read more »

Photo: Hamish Trench (CNPA Strategic Land Use Director) shows his son the outline of the CNPA in the QuickScan tool © George Macdonald, Scottish Gamekeepers Association and Charitable Trust

Witnessing the benefits of ecosystem services

The benefits of a rich biodiversity and a healthy, functioning, ecosystem are not always obvious. However, that wasn’t the case at Loch Leven, Kinross, Scotland, this week when the largest brown trout in more than 100 years was landed. This historic event coincided perfectly with the OpenNESS - OPERAs meeting at the site to discuss the benefits of ecosystem services. Read more »


OpenNESS officially started during a two-day meeting in snowy Helsinki

On 12 and 13 March 2013, OpenNESS celebrated its official kick-off in Helsinki, Finland. Almost 100 participants from the consortium consisting of 25 research institutes and 10 SMEs from 22 European and four non-European countries were hosted at the Helsinki House of the Estates by the Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE), the OpenNESS coordinating body. Read more »

Photo: The OpenNESS kick-off participants © Riku Lumiaro, SYKE