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21-23 MARCH 2017

Final OpenNESS Annual Meeting in Smolenice, Slovakia

Users very enthusiastic about Oppla

During the final user board meeting of the OPERAs project lots of useful feedback was given on Oppla. A substantial proportion of the two-day meeting was devoted to the platform, a key synthesis product of OPERAs and OpenNESS. Countryscape’s Paul Mahony presented the current bèta version of Oppla and gave a sneak preview into development plans in the near future. This offered an excellent basis for an interactive session during which the 15 user board members tested Oppla and then provided feedback.

The user board, with representatives from national and international NGOs, intergovernmental organizations, European institutions, local authorities, and business, provided great advice on possible improvements for the Oppla marketplace. Most of the feedback will be taken up in the coming months, during the finalization of the alpha version of Oppla that will be launched in early 2017. It was striking to note how keen the participants are to also submit products and services to the Oppla marketplace, hereby strengthening its potential to truly support the community on ecosystem services, natural capital and nature-based solutions.

The user board meeting was held by the OPERAs project in Palma de Mallorca, Spain, which provided the opportunity to have a closer look at the OPERAs exemplar on seagrass. Ben Delbaere participated for OpenNESS, sharing outcomes of the case studies and Oppla development.

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