The LIFE Danube Free Sky project is a transnational project with the aim to save thousands of birds from electrocution and collisions with power lines. To achieve this, the project involves and collaborates with numerous stakeholders including, for instance, electric companies and nature conservation actors along the Danube. In order to understand the project’s overall socio-economic dimensions and impact on ecosystem services by 2025 (when the project ends) we at Ecosystem Valuation prepared a baseline study of the status quo. [Read more…] about Stork or birds of prey? Assessing the baseline indicators of the LIFE Danube Free Sky project
Conservation International (CI) and IHE Delft are pleased to announce a new open online course introducing the fundamentals of freshwater ecosystems, their ecosystem services, pressures they face, indicators to assess their health and governance and management approaches to protect and restore them.
Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from an expert team of professionals through interactive lectures, readings, and practical exercises. You’ll also become familiar with CI’s Freshwater Health Index, a framework for water managers and decision-makers to analyze the health of their basins, understand the trade-offs and consequences of their actions, and discuss approaches to creating healthy, sustainable watersheds into the future. [Read more…] about OOC Fundamentals of Freshwater Health
The “Conservation arrangements for Lesser Spotted Eagle in Latvia” (LIFE AQPOM) project has focused on the complex conservation of the bird’s alarmingly declining population. The project created new habitats for the eagle and for his preys and ensured safe pylons around the habitats of the bird. In our socio-economic impact and ecosystem services assessment we analysed how the project contributed to the well-being of impacted stakeholders (grassland and forest owners) and revealed how different ecosystem services (biomass and carbon sequestration of project sites) were changed due to project interventions.
In regard to the evaluation of these two essential forest related ecosystem services, we found that the protected nesting sites not only served the purpose of preserving the Lesser spotted eagle but also improved the condition of the biomass and the carbon sequestration ecosystem services and indirectly, other ecosystem services. [Read more…] about Assessing the impacts of conserving Lesser Spotted Eagle in Latvia
As a part of PhD research at University of Mohaghegh Ardabili, Iran, feedback on a new ecosystem services classification is needed.
The research topic is “Ecosystem Services in Lake Urmia basin: a new classification”. The main purpose of this research is to introduce a new classification of ecosystem services based on the humanistic perspective.
Your feedback on this survey will help the authors in the classification design. The survey will only take about 10 minutes to complete.
Are you familiar with a policy instrument (e.g., plan, regulation, incentive mechanism, PES scheme) designed for or implemented to increase the sustainability of peri-urban landscapes? Please contribute to our research by filling in the survey at the following link. The survey is anonymous and it takes only 15 minutes to complete. Thanks for your help!
Marcin Spyra, Silvia Ronchi, Chiara Cortinovis