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December newsflash - Ecosystem services conference, Antwerp Declaration, Oppla, Case study brochure published, and more!

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OpenNESS is a European research project that translates the concepts of ecosystem services and natural capital into operational frameworks that provide tested, practical and tailored solutions for integration into land, water and urban management and decision-making.

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WE MUST NOW DELIVER SOCIETAL IMPACT

Helping nature to help us: that was the main idea behind the joint OpenNESS, OPERAs, ECOPLAN and ESP conference on ecosystem services. Between 19 and 23 September, more than 600 participants from all over the world made their way to the University of Antwerp to debate and learn more about how nature contributes to human well-being and vice versa.

SIGN THE ANTWERP DECLARATION

The European Ecosystem Services Conference 'Helping nature to help us' resulted in the Antwerp Declaration, a call to integrate ecosystem services into policy and business operation. In the Antwerp Declaration the signatories call for action to realise the transformative potential of ecosystem services. Show your support and sign the Antwerp Declaration!

OPENNESS REPRESENTED IN ESP REGIONAL CONFERENCES

OpenNESS was well represented at the first conference of the Regional Africa chapter of the ESP in Nairobi, Kenya, and in the ESP Regional Conference Latin America that took place in Cali, Colombia. Tools and methods developed and tested within the case studies in Brazil and Kenya were presented by our consortium members. The OpenNESS case study brochure 'Ecosystem services in operation' was warmly welcomed.
 

OPENNESS CASE STUDIES TO INSPIRE EUROPEAN SITE MANAGERS

For many managers of nature sites around Europe, the concept of ecosystem services is relatively new and barely put in practice. During a full day seminar on ‘ecosystems at your service’ as part of the Eurosite annual member’s meeting, the participants learned about ecosystem services and how these can help in increasing support for their management and protection activities. For many it was an eye opener, making them realize that their sites and well-managed ecosystems have more to offer than they think. ECNC’s Ben Delbaere presented the OpenNESS project and the achievements in the 27 case studies, demonstrating what putting ecosystem services in practice means for real-world situations.
 

USERS VERY ENTHUSIASTIC ABOUT OPPLA

During last month's 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, that was officially launched during the European Ecosystem Services Conference in Antwerp (see video below). 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. Ben Delbaere participated for OpenNESS, sharing outcomes of the case studies and Oppla development.
 

OPENNESS AT THE THIRD EU BUSINESS & BIODIVERSITY ANNUAL MEETING

Businesses are making big steps in integrating biodiversity considerations into their strategies. Or better: integrating natural capital. This was the general feeling at the well-attended annual meeting of the EU B@B platform in The Hague. The OpenNESS work and the many experiences from our case studies were welcomed by those participants visiting the OpenNESS poster at the event. Especially the role of Oppla in sharing best practices and offering an existing community and marketplace received much attention. As Tiago Freitas of the EC DG Research & Innovation said in his speech: "Oppla is a readily available tool that can support SMEs and other businesses in engaging in further innovation through nature-based solutions".

PAPERS AND BOOKS PUBLISHED


Burke, F. Artificial wetlands purify water as nature recruited to help deal with climate change. Horizon, the EU Research & Innovation Magazine (2016)

Depietri, Y., et al, The urban political ecology of ecosystem services: The case of Barcelona. Ecological Economics (2016)

EU FP7 OpenNESS Project, Wijnja, van Uden & Delbaere (Eds) (2016) Ecosystem services in operation: case studies. European Commission FP7

Franke, T. & B. Delbaere. How landscape and nature management offer multiple benefits in an intensive-farmland. HERCULES Cultural Landscapes blog (2016)

Grizzetti B., et al, Ecosystem services for water policy: Insights across Europe. Environmental Science & Policy (2016)

Guerra, C.A., et al, An assessment of soil erosion prevention by vegetation in Mediterranean Europe: Current trends of ecosystem service provision. Ecological Indicators (2016)

Jax, K., Ecosystem functions: a critical review. In: Potschin, M., Haines-Young, R., Fish, R. and Turner, R.K. (eds) Routledge Handbook of Ecosystem Services (2016). Routledge, London and New York, pp. 42-44.

Masi, F., et al, Constructed wetlands for combined sewer overflow treatment:Ecosystem services at Gorla Maggiore, Italy. Ecological Engineering (2016)

Potschin, M.; Haines-Young, R.; Fish, R. and K. Turner (eds.) (2016): Routledge Handbook of Ecosystem Services. Routledge, London and New York, 630pp.

Silva, R. A., et al, Operationalizing payments for ecosystem services in Brazil's sugarcane belt: How do stakeholder opinions match with successful cases in Latin America? Ecosystem Services (2016)

Soler, R.M., et al, Why biodiversity increases after variable retention harvesting: A meta-analysis for southern Patagonian forests. Forest Ecology and Management (2016)

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