Dr Mario Balzán, a member of the ESP Mediterranean working group, recently led a training course on ecosystem services and green infrastructure in Malta. The training course is framed within the EU-funded ReNature project, that aims to establish and implement a nature-based solutions research strategy for Malta with a vision to promote research and innovation and develop solutions in pursuit of economic growth, whilst at the same time improving human well-being and tackling environmental challenges. [Read more…] about Successful training course on ecosystem services and green infrastructure in Malta
Members of the ESP Mediterranean working group have just published an article in Ecosystems and People. The paper presents a Driver-Pressure-State-Impact-Response (DPSIR) methodology that seeks to provide guidance for better ecosystem assessments encompassing the Mediterranean region (e.g. the recently approved IPBES global assessment or the IPBES regional assessments). This work is the result of the joint efforts by many ESP Mediterranean members to collect comprehensive information about the complexity and uniqueness of Mediterranean socio-ecological systems. The original idea of this study has its origin in a workshop held in the 2016 European ESP conference in Antwerp. The publication is open-access and can be downloaded from here.
The first week of March, members of the BWG5 took part in the first lead author’s meeting of the MedECC report in Milán, Italy. The network of Mediterranean Experts on Climate and environmental Change (MedECC) is preparing a report on the current status and potential impacts of climate change in ecosystems of the Mediterranean basin using the most recent scientific evidence (there is a strong focus on the impacts of climate change on ecosystem service provision and human wellbeing). [Read more…] about Members of the ESP Mediterranean working group participated in the First Lead Author’s meeting of the MedECC report.
Members of the BWG5 will host a session in the upcoming 2019 ESP World conference about “integration of methodological approaches to evaluate ecosystem services’ dynamics”. Come and join us to present your work about how the integration of multiple approaches can help to improve assessments of ecosystem services in complex socio-ecological systems. Our session will include different oral presentations and an interactive discussion for developing more solid and robust assessments in this specific socio-ecological context in the future. Besides, anyone interested in contributing to the Mediterranean ecosystem services working group is also very welcome to participate in the session. We are particularly looking forward to discussing with colleagues from ESP working groups on mapping, modeling and indicators. The call for abstracts is open now and until 10th June.
The Advanced Course on Ecosystems Services, Nature and Governance: concepts, tools and applications will take place at IB-S, University of Minho, Campus Gualtar, Braga, on May 6-10, 2019.
In this advanced course, the concepts of ecosystem functions and services will be explored, together with the tools for mapping and modelling, valuation approaches, financing mechanisms and inclusion of ecosystem services into decision making and corporate strategy. [Read more…] about Upcoming Advanced Course on Ecosystems Services, Nature and Governance, May 6-10 2019, Braga, Portugal