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21-23 MARCH 2017

Final OpenNESS Annual Meeting in Smolenice, Slovakia

Mainstreaming ecosystem services into EU regulatory frameworks

On 22 January 2014, the OpenNESS work package ‘Regulatory frameworks and drivers of change’ organized a one-day stakeholder workshop entitled 'Mainstreaming ecosystem services into EU regulatory frameworks’ in Brussels (Belgium). With this workshop a dialogue was started to identify and discuss crucial dimensions for effectively integrating the concepts of ecosystem services and natural capital into practical policy making. Questions revolved around identifying the most important current and upcoming EU regulatory frameworks, but also other drivers influencing ecosystem services and their use.

Other issues addressed included the benefits and challenges of mainstreaming ecosystem services into policy making and associated knowledge needs. The results of the discussions will form the basis for an in-depth analysis of key EU regulatory frameworks and their implementation at the regional level. Further, the results will be integrated into the ongoing process of scenario development and will be used to enrich and broaden the scenario storylines. Issues and questions discussed in relation to knowledge needs will be analysed and compared with the knowledge needs of decision-makers at the regional and local level and provide an important basis for the set-up of our Common Platform.

The organizers were happy to welcome 30 representatives of key stakeholder groups from policy, NGOs, business, economic sectors and research.

Earlier in 2014, work package members published a paper about integrative scenario development, addressing issues relevant for design and methods used in the OpenNESS scenario processes at the EU and case-study level (Priess & Hauck 2014; http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/vol19/iss1/art12/).

Photo: Introductory session in the afternoon, © Jörg Priess