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21-23 MARCH 2017

Final OpenNESS Annual Meeting in Smolenice, Slovakia

Towards a business plan for the common platform

The combined OpenNESS-OPERAs team that is in charge of developing a common platform for both projects, met at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, a recently renovated ‘energy efficient hub for knowledge, innovation and skills’ at the University of Edinburgh. The common platform will enable European communities to better manage our ecosystems for human well-being and livelihoods by linking them to best practice knowledge and experience on ecosystem services and natural capital. In short, it aims to be a knowledge broker for all those that want to turn ecosystem services and natural capital into practice.

The meeting discussed the aspects involved in developing a business plan for the platform, the aim of which is to ensure that the platform continues to develop beyond the duration of both EU research projects. In its current concept the platform is likely to have characteristics of social media and a specialized search engine, offering a range of services, tools and information in support of operationalizing ecosystem services and natural capital.

The participants of the meeting, including businesses, discussed about a possible governance structure, product description, potential revenue streams, user groups, community of practice, as well as branding and marketing. The experience of the recently established Ecosystem Service Community for Scotland and other European examples provided excellent grounds to build on.

More information about the OPERAs project can be found on their website:

Photo: The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation