Periodic Reporting for period 1 - MAIA (Mapping and Assessment for Integrated ecosystem Accounting (MAIA))
Reporting period: 2018-11-01 to 2020-04-30
The specific objectives of MAIA are to: (i) assess policy priorities for NCA; (ii) test, pilot and mainstream NCA in EU MS through the compilation of pilot accounts; (iii) test innovative approaches for NCA in the European context; and (iv) support NCA in EU MS through various communication and dissemination activities such as the development of guidelines, a website and other facilitating actions.
In parallel, project partners have been testing innovative approaches for NCA in five thematic areas: (i) modeling water regulation services in support of ecosystem accounting, (ii) exploring big data sources for quantifying cultural services, (iii) valuing Ecosystem Services and Ecosystem Assets, (iv) biodiversity accounting, and (v) piloting marine accounts. These innovative research tasks aim to fill key knowledge gaps in natural capital and ecosystem accounting, thereby supporting the compilation of accounts in EU member states. In this first period, the project has generated nine publications in scientific journals. Other outputs are technical exchanges between partners, shared technical resources (e.g. a catalogue of models for water regulation modelling for the needs of ecosystem accounting), and pilot accounts (seven are in preparation or developed).
The project contributed to a large range of dissemination and communication activities on natural capital and ecosystem accounting, such as presenting the project activities in conferences and expert groups (such as MAES WG), stakeholders consultations at national and EU levels, dissemination of information on the website and social media, scientific publications and coordination with SEEA NCAVES project Valuation Guidelines and contribution to the revised SEEA EEA guidelines. In addition, MAIA is developing a web-based analytical tool to support dissemination and analysis of accounts. A beta-version of the tool has been prepared, consisting of spatial management data infrastructure, user interface and first functionalities (maps display, statistics extraction). Accounts from three countries are already available in the tool. It will be accessible to the public later in the project when it has been fully developed.