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Enhancing ecoSysteM sERvices mApping for poLicy and Decision mAking

Objective

Mapping and assessment of ecosystems and their services (ES) are core to the EU Biodiversity (BD) Strategy. They are essential if we are to make informed decisions. Action 5 sets the requirement for an EU-wide knowledge base designed to be: a primary data source for developing Europe’s green infrastructure; resource to identify areas for ecosystem restoration; and, a baseline against which the goal of ‘no net loss of BD and ES’ can be evaluated. In response to these requirements, ESMERALDA aims to deliver a flexible methodology to provide the building blocks for pan-European and regional assessments. The work will ensure the timely delivery to EU member states in relation to Action 5 of the BD Strategy, supporting the needs of assessments in relation to the requirements for planning, agriculture, climate, water and nature policy. This methodology will build on existing ES projects and databases (e.g. MAES, OpenNESS, OPERAs, national studies), the Millennium Assessment (MA) and TEEB. ESMERALDA will identify relevant stakeholders and take stock of their requirements at EU, national and regional levels. The objective of ESMERALDA is to share experience through an active process of dialogue and knowledge co-creation that will enable participants to achieve the Action 5 aims. The mapping approach proposed will integrate biophysical, social and economic assessment techniques. Flexibility will be achieved by the creation of a tiered methodology that will encompass both simple (Tier 1) and more complex (Tier 3) approaches. The work will exploit expert- and land cover-based methods, existing ES indicator data and more complex ES models. As a result the outcomes will be applicable in different contexts. The strength of the ESMERALDA consortium lies in its ability to make solutions for mapping and assessment problems available to stakeholders from the start of the project, because our expertise allows us to build on existing research projects and data sharing systems.
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Coordinator

GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER

Address

Welfengarten 1
30167 Hannover

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 268 125

Participants (38)

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SUOMEN YMPARISTOKESKUS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 226 250

UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE MADRID

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 174 350

THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 96 161,84

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 207 500

PENSOFT PUBLISHERS

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 158 750

STICHTING VU

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 150 000

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 130 625

NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF GEOPHYSICS GEODESY AND GEOGRAPHY - BULGARIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES

Bulgaria

EU Contribution

€ 38 750

CENTRUM VYZKUMU GLOBALNI ZMENY AV CR VVI

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 3 577,80

STICHTING VOOR DUURZAME ONTWIKKELING

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 108 500

EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH

Switzerland

BALTIJAS VIDES FORUMS

Latvia

EU Contribution

€ 92 500

REGIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER FOR CENTRAL AND EASTERN EUROPE -REC

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 69 162,50

MAGYAR TUDOMANYOS AKADEMIA OKOLOGIAI KUTATOKOZPONT

Hungary

EU Contribution

€ 65 625

INSTITUTO SUPERIOR TECNICO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 65 625

UNIVERSITATEA DIN BUCURESTI

Romania

EU Contribution

€ 68 162,50

WCMC LBG

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 59 375

PARIS-LODRON-UNIVERSITAT SALZBURG

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 64 625

UNIWERSYTET IM. ADAMA MICKIEWICZA W POZNANIU

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 60 687,50

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

France

EU Contribution

€ 68 125

MALTA COLLEGE OF ARTS SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Malta

EU Contribution

€ 59 375

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 66 125

NATURVARDSVERKET

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 68 487,50

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 53 125

FABIS CONSULTING LIMITED

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 177 603,16

DEPARTMENT OF ARTS, HERITAGE AND THE GAELTACHT

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 6 250

STIFTELSEN NORSK INSTITUTT FOR NATURFORSKNING NINA

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 6 250

TEL AVIV UNIVERSITY

Israel

EU Contribution

€ 6 250

MINISTRY OF ENVIRONMENT

Slovakia

EU Contribution

€ 6 250

EESTI MAAULIKOOL

Estonia

EU Contribution

€ 6 250

MYKOLO ROMERIO UNIVERSITETAS

Lithuania

EU Contribution

€ 6 250

PANEPISTIMIO PATRON

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 6 250

THE CYPRUS INSTITUTE

Cyprus

EU Contribution

€ 6 250

CHRISTIAN-ALBRECHTS-UNIVERSITAET ZU KIEL

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 268 301

USTAV VYZKUMU GLOBALNI ZMENY AV CR VVI

Czechia

EU Contribution

€ 76 422,20

ZNANSTVENORAZISKOVALNI CENTER SLOVENSKE AKADEMIJE ZNANOSTI IN UMETNOSTI

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 6 250

HRVATSKA AGENCIJA ZA OKOLIS I PRIRODU

Croatia

MINISTERE DU DEVELOPPEMENT DURABLE ET DES INFRASTRUCTURES

Luxembourg

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 642007

  • Start date

    1 February 2015

  • End date

    31 July 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.5.2.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 133 306

  • EU contribution

    € 3 002 166

Coordinated by:

GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ UNIVERSITAET HANNOVER

Germany

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