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OpenNESS represented in ESP Africa regional conference
OpenNESS was well represented at the first conference of the Regional Africa chapter of the ESP in Nairobi, Kenya from 21 to 25 November. Its consortium members presented two papers from the project. Firstly, Jan Dick presented the overall results from the stakeholder evaluation across the 27 case studies. She emphasized the collaborative effort, which was effectively highlighted by the credit of 99 authors of the paper. In conjunction with David Odee she highlighted the Kenyan cases study as an example of the type of issues studied. Jan explained the crucial role of communication, participation and collaboration across different stakeholders in the process of putting the ecosystem service concept into practice.
Secondly, in partnership with John Ochieng of the Kenyan Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), Jan also presented the results of the social media analysis of geo-tagged digital images that local people and visitors posted in the web-based platform Flickr.
Both case studies consider issues of land management; one in Kakamega Forest (Kenya) and the other in Cairngorms National Park (Scotland). The results demonstrate that geo-tagged images uploaded on social media platforms can be used as a low-cost visual tool to evaluate and infer nature-based cultural ecosystem services. The tool was seen as especially important in Africa because there is a hugely untapped potential to develop recreational ecosystem services.
Photo: John Ochieng and Jan Dick presenting the case study brochure 'Ecosystem services in operation' to delegates at the ESP regional conference in Kenya. © Jan Dick