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21-23 MARCH 2017

Final OpenNESS Annual Meeting in Smolenice, Slovakia

Turning the ecosystem services concept into reality

During an international workshop of the OpenNESS project, some 90 participants discussed ways to apply theory, concepts and models on ecosystem services and natural capital in real situations. Representatives of the 26 case studies from Europe and globally took part in an intensive three-day programme to exchange experiences, express demands and find solutions for their cases.

Scientists and practitioners learned about models, assessed the usefulness of scenarios, discussed definitions and classifications and developed case-specific work plans to turn this knowledge and methods into practice. They also exchanged ideas on developing an online platform as a central access point to all the methods and knowledge, on ways to involve stakeholders in the process, and on how best to communicate about ecosystem services to various target groups.

This workshop, hosted jointly by project partners Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and Kinross Estate Company at the Loch Leven case study area in Kinross, Scotland, is a key component of the ambitious research project OpenNESS which aims at turning the concepts and theories about ecosystem services and natural capital into reality. OpenNESS is led by the Finnish Environment Institute SYKE and funded by the European Commission 7th Framework Programme for research.

Photo: Opening ceremony of the Loch Leven workshop, © Allan Watt