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OPERATIONALISATION OF NATURAL CAPITAL AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES: FROM CONCEPTS TO REAL-WORLD APPLICATIONS

OPERATIONALISATION OF NATURAL CAPITAL AND ECOSYSTEM SERVICES: FROM CONCEPTS TO REAL-WORLD APPLICATIONS

Objective

Despite improved understanding of the links between ecosystem health, provision of ecosystem services and human well-being, further conceptual and empirical work is needed to make the ideas of ecosystem services (ESS) and natural capital (NC) operational. OpenNESS will therefore develop innovative and practical ways of applying them in land, water and urban management: it will identify how, where and when the concepts can most effectively be applied to solve problems. To do this, it will work with public and private decision makers and stakeholders to better understand the range of policy and management problems faced in different case study contexts (ranging across locales, sectors, scales and time). OpenNESS will consolidate, refine and develop a range of spatially-explicit methods to identify, quantify and value ecosystem services, and will develop hybrid assessment methods. It will also explore the effectiveness of financial and governance mechanisms, such as payments for ecosystem services, habitat banking, biodiversity offsetting and land and ecosystem accounting. These types of interventions have potential for sustaining ESS and NC, and for the design of new economic and social investment opportunities. Finally, OpenNESS will assess how current regulatory frameworks and other institutional factors at EU and national levels enable or constrain consideration of ESS and NC, and identify the implications for issues related to well-being, governance and competitiveness. OpenNESS will analyse the knowledge that is needed to define ESS and NC in the legal, administrative and political contexts that are relevant to the EU. The work will deliver a menu of multi-scale solutions to be used in real life situations by stakeholders, practitioners, and decision makers in public and business organizations, by providing new frameworks, data-sets, methods and tools that are fit-for-purpose and sensitive to the plurality of decision-making contexts.

Coordinator

SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS

Address

Latokartanonkaari 11
00790 Helsinki

Finland

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 1 278 543

Administrative Contact

Maria Koski (Mrs.)

Participants (38)

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INSTITUTUL DE CERCETARI SI AMENAJARI SILVICE

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 52 293

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 404 192

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 664 560

MINISTERIE VAN INFRASTRUCTUUR EN WATERSTAAT

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 177 702

NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 678 710

THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 501 798

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 314 580

STIFTELSEN NORSK INSTITUTT FOR NATURFORSKNING NINA

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 692 492

VLAAMSE GEWEST

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 426 070

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 323 368

HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 84 993

STICHTING EUROPEES CENTRUM VOOR NATUURBESCHERMING

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 423 246

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN SCIENCES ET TECHNOLOGIES POUR L'ENVIRONNEMENT ET L'AGRICULTURE

France

EU Contribution

€ 178 662

MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA OKOLOGIAI KUTATOKOZPONT

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 102 627

UNIVERSITATEA DIN BUCURESTI

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 117 814

INSTITUTUL NATIONAL DE CERCETARE DEZVOLTARE IN SILVICULTURA MARIN DRACEA

Romania

INSTITUTE OF LANDSCAPE ECOLOGY OF THE SLOVAK ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Slovakia

EU Contribution

€ 127 210

FUNDACAO DA FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS E TECNOLOGIA DA UNIVERSIDADE NOVA DE LISBOA.

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 90 013,04

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 70 468

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 90 579

UNIVERSITAT AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 218 705

AARHUS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 94 095

ESSRG KFT

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 228 093

THE ENVIRONMENT BANK LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 370 862

HUGIN EXPERT AS

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 237 482

VISTA ANALYSE AS

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 70 378

RNDR PETER MEDERLY REGIOPLAN-KRAJINNOCKOLOGICKY SERVIS

Slovakia

EU Contribution

€ 64 681

IRIDRA SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 87 062

GEOFLUX THOMAS KOSCHITZKI & DANIEL WURBS GBR

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 67 500

INDIAN INSTITUTE OF BIO-SOCIAL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT SOCIETY

India

EU Contribution

€ 74 880

WING PROCESS CONSULTANCY BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 80 930

KINROSS ESTATE COMPANY LIMITED KEC

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 30 960

UNIVERSIDADE ESTADUAL PAULISTA JULIO DE MESQUITA FILHO

Brazil

EU Contribution

€ 82 500

CONSEJO NACIONAL DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS Y TECNICAS (CONICET)

Argentina

EU Contribution

€ 60 000

KENYA FORESTRY RESEARCH INSTITUTE

Kenya

EU Contribution

€ 60 000

UNIVERSITAET KLAGENFURT

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 101 033

FABIS CONSULTING LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 216 167

NOVA ID FCT - ASSOCIACAO PARA A INOVACAO E DESENVOLVIMENTO DA FCT

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 53 944,96

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 308428

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2012

  • End date

    31 May 2017

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 11 488 446,40

  • EU contribution

    € 8 999 193

Coordinated by:

SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS

Finland

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