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21-23 MARCH 2017

Final OpenNESS Annual Meeting in Smolenice, Slovakia

Promoting Oppla at the Belgian Ecosystem Services Community Christmas Market

Networking, learning and enjoying were the keywords of this year's Belgian Ecosystem Services Community (BEES) Christmas market. The second edition of the event (organised jointly with the MAES process) brought together over 200 people from academia, public administration, European Commission, business and civil society, as well as representatives of ecosystem services communities abroad. The market aimed to facilitate the exchange of ideas, practices and products on ecosystem services and natural capital in a friendly market-like atmosphere. Almost 50 exhibition stands presented research projects, education games, science-policy platforms, ecosystem services assessments, Natura 2000 initiatives and so forth.

OpenNESS contributed to the event with a stand focussing on the new web portal Oppla, a joint activity with the OPERAs project. Especially the Oppla loco game gained a lot of interest.

The BEES Christmas market took place on Tuesday, 15 December 2015, at the Royal Flemish Academy of Sciences and Arts in Brussels. See more at:

Photo (above): The Oppla stand

Photo (below): The Oppla game