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21-23 MARCH 2017

Final OpenNESS Annual Meeting in Smolenice, Slovakia

Symposium co-organised by OpenNESS - OPERAs during landscape ecology congress

From 9 to 12 September 2013, the IALE 2013 European Congress took place in Manchester, UK. This major international event examined how and why European landscapes are changing and how landscape ecology can help us to plan for the future at local to global scales. Following an open call, Marta Pérez-Soba and Sandra S. Luque from OpenNESS organised a symposium about the role that a geographical location plays in the operationalisation of the concepts of ecosystem services (ES) and natural capital (NC). Next to Joachim Maes and Leon Braat from OpenNESS, Adrienne Gret-Regamey from OPERAs contributed with a presentation, which made this the first joint OpenNESS – OPERAs session.

OpenNESS and OPERAs are both looking at a range of spatially-explicit methods of varying complexity to gain understanding on ecosystem functioning and trade-offs in different geographical contexts (case studies). Within this context, experts from both projects presented their views on the role that the geographical context has in the operationalisation of the ES and NC concepts. After the presentations the speakers participated in a panel discussion in close interaction with the audience.

The symposium supported exchange and open discussions exploring the potential contribution of landscape ecology science to support operationalisation of the natural capital and ecosystem service concepts into decision-making contexts.

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Marta Pérez-Soba ALTERRA - University and Research Centre Wageningen, The Netherlands.

Photo: Marta Pérez-Soba introduces the OpenNESS - OPERAs session