Short overview of the outcomes from the SWG5 session at the ESP EU 2018 in San Sebastian, Spain: S5 – “Promoting sustainability through water-related concepts, approaches and tools for quantifying ES”. The session provided diversity of perspectives related to water resources, their quantification and sustainable management. There is huge resource of complex quantitative water related research with high potential for applications in sustainable decision-making. Nevertheless, the communication of results to stakeholders was identified as a key challenge and scientists are divided between two main strategies: [Read more…] about Update from SWG 5 – ES and Water Management
The last months have been full of exciting news in the Baltic States and 2019 is looking even more promising.
The countrywide mapping and assessment of the ecosystems and their services in Estonia got kickstarted in early January through the ELME project. Coordinated by the Environment Agency of Estonia, ELME aims at mapping and assessing priority ecosystems and ecosystem services with a strong emphasis on novel methods for monitoring biodiversity, methodologies for enhancing the performance of the Green Network of Estonia and the prognosis of Climate Change impacts on biodiversity. [Read more…] about The Baltic States moving forward!
Members of the ecosystem services community have responded to the recently published article and editorial in Nature. Even though the article painted the situation within the community as hostile and divided, the responses which followed have clearly illustrated that this is not the case.
Nature published several response letters, whose sentiment was along the same lines: despite different opinions and views on some matters, we have one common goal – to highlight the importance of biodiversity to human well-being. [Read more…] about Ecosystem Services community responds to recent Nature articles
The Alexander von Humboldt Research Institute on Biological Resources is currently coordinating the Paramos Biodiversity and Water Resources Project. This project that started in December 2014 and will finish in November 2019 is financed by the European Union and has an overall budget of 6.25 Million Euros. [Read more…] about News for Paramos Biodiversity and Water Resources Project
Brazilian Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (BPBES) embraces currently five Thematic Assessments: Pollination, pollinators and food production, Indigenous people and Traditional communities, Climate change, Water and Ecosystem services restoration.
Inspired by the positive results of the thematic reports produced by the Intergovernmental Platform for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), BPBES also supports and encourages the production of documents focusing on relevant issues to biodiversity and ecosystem services. [Read more…] about Issues to address in Brazilian biodiversity and ecosystem services