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ABOUT OPENNESS

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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PUTTING THE PIECES TOGETHER

OpenNESS is in its 3rd year, which means the final cross work package workshop “Putting the Pieces Together” is coming up, focusing on analysis and synthesis. The workshop will take place in the former Franciscan monastery of La Foresta, near Leuven, from 5 to 9 October. Its focus will be on ways to integrate the OpenNESS results across different work packages, and the development of an overall synthesis. In addition, there will be plenty of space for specific topic sessions, providing participants as much as possible the opportunity to work in small groups on insights and common products.

NATURE-BASED SOLUTIONS, CIRCULAR ECONOMY AND SMART CITIES:
HOW OPENNESS SUPPORTS THEIR ULTIMATE AIMS

OpenNESS coordinator Eeva Furman (SYKE, Finland) wrote a blog post about the emerging ideas of nature-based solutions, circular economy and smart cities, which help us set targets for reaching societal prosperity and sustainable development in the long run. The three ideas stem from and make use of the concepts of ecosystem services and natural capital, which reflect the elements and processes necessary for human well-being. For these ideas to promote their ultimate aims, three operational actions are needed: measurement, evaluation, and demonstration.

OPENNESS REFERENCE BOOK EXTENDED

To date 16 synthesis papers (SPs) have been published on the OpenNESS website and 14 more are in preparation. The SPs provide a short and easy readable academic insight into a subject, and are assembled in the Ecosystem Services Reference Book. The latest SPs published include: The OpenNESS Reference Book is complemented by the interactive OpenNESS Glossary with working definitions of over 200 ecosystem services and natural capital related terms.

REGISTER NOW FOR THE OPENNESS SME EVENT

On Wednesday 28 October, OpenNESS will bring together corporates, SMEs and researchers from around Europe in an event about businesses operationalising ecosystem services and natural capital. The event is set up to share recent advances and to discuss future opportunities and needs for research and innovation in the EU, related to new business opportunities and models that take account of, value and/or sustain ecosystem services and natural capital. The SME event is organized back-to-back with the EU Business and Biodiversity Platform annual conference.

OPENNESS FINAL CONFERENCE

We are happy to announce that the OpenNESS final conference will be held jointly with OPERAsECOPLAN and the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP). The 9th annual ESP conference, which will take place from 19 to 23 September 2016 in Antwerp, will merge the three projects’ final events and turn the conference into a combined European ecosystem services conference. For the 8th annual ESP conference in South Africa, OpenNESS will organize a session on integrated valuation.

OPENNESS-OPERAS POLICY DAY

Beginning of March 2016, the European Commission, in cooperation with OpenNESS and the OPERAs project, organizes a policy day in Brussels. The aim of this event is to present and discuss concrete results from the OpenNESS case studies and the OPERAs exemplars on how the ecosystem services and natural capital concepts are operationalised in the context of various policies of the Commission. The day will have a strong focus on dialogue and interaction.

OPPLA PROGRESS

The development of the online platform Oppla, together with the OPERAs project, is in full swing. A splash page including brief information about Oppla, an infographic, a possibility to subscribe to updates and a couple of FAQs is currently available at www.oppla.eu. Also, visitors are invited to help develop Oppla by answering a three-question survey. The first real prototype is expected to be released in September 2016. Oppla has also been promoted at several events, including the EU Green Week from 3-5 June in Brussels and the ALTER-Net Conference 19-20 May in Ghent

BLOG: GREEN SPACE IN OSLO WORTH BILLIONS!

Many interesting things can be said about Oslo, the capital of Norway: it was founded one thousand years ago by Vikings, it is a relatively small and cosy city of about 650,000 inhabitants – but with the buzz of a bigger city due to its position as Norway’s biggest city and capital, it is allegedly the fastest growing metropolitan area in Europe these days, and it has green spaces within the city limits worth billions of Euros. But where are these billions, and what is important about them?

PAPERS PUBLISHED


Felipe-Lucia, María R., et al., Ecosystem Services Flows: Why Stakeholders’ Power Relationships Matter. PLoS ONE (2015)

García-Llorente, M., et al., The value of time in biological conservation and supplied ecosystem services: A willingness to give up time exercise. Journal of Arid Environments (2015)

Gómez-Baggethun, E. and R. Muradian, In markets we trust? Setting the boundaries of Market-Based Instruments in ecosystem services governance. Ecological Economics (2015)

Gómez-Baggethun, E. and B. Martin-Lopez, Ecological Economics perspectives on ecosystem services valuation. In: Martinez-Alier, J, and Muradian, R. (eds.). Handbook on Ecological Economics. Edward Elgar. (2015)

Jax, K. and U. Heink, Searching for the place of biodiversity in the ecosystem services discourse. Biological Conservation (2015)

Kallis, G., et al., The limits of monetization in environmental valuation. A reply to Gsottbauer et al. Ecological Economics (2015)

Pastur, G. M., et al., Spatial patterns of cultural ecosystem services provision in Southern Patagonia. Landscape Ecology (2015)

Primmer, E., et al., A framework for empirical analysis of ecosystem services governance. Ecosystem Services (2015) 

Saarikoski, H., et al. Exploring operational ecosystem service definitions: The case of boreal forests. Ecosystem Services (2015)

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