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21-23 MARCH 2017

Final OpenNESS Annual Meeting in Smolenice, Slovakia

Refining maps, models and methodologies

OpenNESS analyses innovation in methods by way of practical testing in repeated cycles of application and refinement, drawing on experience from the case studies.

Six spatially-explicit methods for investigating the effects of drivers of change on ecosystem services were selected and guidelines for their application were developed. A training session on these methods was held at the 1st Annual meeting in Budapest to take case studies through each method with illustrations from some of them.

Also, methodological briefs on monetary valuation methods were prepared, as well as an action plan for the application of these methods in specific policy contexts. An important challenge was to develop hybrid methodologies to address the multiple value dimensions of ecosystem services. To that end, a state-of-the-art review of integrated valuation methods was developed, which clarifies concepts of ‘integrated’ and ‘hybrid’ valuation methods. A series of short webinars is being organized this autumn, in which case studies dealing with monetary valuation addressing policy questions can present experiences to their peers.

A briefing note for carrying out policy and institutional analysis in the case studies as well as guidelines for participatory scenario analysis were developed and presented during the 1st Annual Meeting. These are now subject to further review and revision and a draft version of the OpenNESS scenario storylines is currently out for consultation.

During a training workshop from 19 to 21 November 2014 in Edinburgh, the case studies will be provided with more specific training on the biophysical and valuation methods, including how they can be integrated within case studies.

Photo: Training session on non-monetary valuation