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21-23 MARCH 2017

Final OpenNESS Annual Meeting in Smolenice, Slovakia

OpenNESS Training Workshop on Integrated Assessment and Valuation

OpenNESS organised a training workshop on 19-21 November 2014 in Edinburgh on how to quantify, map and value ecosystem services. The workshop offered a chance for project partners to work on practical examples from the OpenNESS case studies through hands-on guided sessions with experts from work package 3 and 4. The first day of the workshop focused on training related to a range of biophysical methods, including the spreadsheet/GIS approach, the Ecosystem Service Mapping Tool (ESTIMAP), Bayesian Belief Networks (BBNs), State and Transition Models (STMs) and the QUICKScan software tool. The second day then focused on valuation methods, including the basics of economic valuation of ecosystem service, preference elicitation in Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA), ecosystem service demand mapping and benefit transfer (revealed and stated preferences). The biophysical and valuation methods were brought together on the final day of the workshop with groups discussing an integrated valuation approach, ecosystem service demand and supply spatial (mis)match assessment, benefit-cost analysis using BBNs, and MCDA.

The workshop highlighted the importance of considering the full cascade of interactions from the biophysical underpinning of the supply of ecosystem services to their demand and value by a range of beneficiaries. The training sessions were very inspiring covering a wide range of methods and disciplines. The willingness and commitment of participants to work together, often in areas outside of their usual disciplines, enabled a significant exchange of knowledge pushing forward the necessary integration within the project needed to operationalise the ecosystem service concept.

Photo: © Francis Turkelboom