Biodiversity and ecosystem services: the foundation for human health and well-being - URBES Factsheet #2
Human beings are an integral and inseparable part of the natural world. Our existence and health ultimately depends on the integrity and functioning of ecosystems. This URBES factsheet presents research findings and policy recommendations which underline the value of biodiversity and ecosystem
Similar to related approaches such as post-normal science, citizens science, participatory approaches, transdisciplinarity (TD) goes beyond multi- and interdisciplinary research by co-creating knowledge with and for societal actors. Therefore the language, the concepts and the methodology used in
The Natural Value Initiative (NVI) is Fauna & Flora International's (FFI) platform to engage financial institutions around natural capital by developing tools and methodologies that demonstrate the materiality of nature capital and enables mainstreaming thereof into financial decision-
Transition Towards Sustainable and Liveable Urban Futures – JPI Urban Europe Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda
Strategic Research and Innovation agenda (SRIA) Launched in 2015, the SRIA describes the long-term strategy and programme for JPI Urban Europe’s from 2015 – 2020. The SRIA responds to the urgent need for ambitious, sustained and truly inter- and transdisciplinary research to radically improve
Eco Chain is an approach to raise the awareness of local people with respect to the interdependence and relationships between different components of ecosystems in a given landscape which are interconnected like a chain, i.e. it is necessary to maintain biodiversity to preserve its associated ES.
Matrix approaches are quick and simple ways to get an overall spatially-explicit picture of the ES in case study areas. The method is based on the idea of linking tabular spreadsheet data and spatial data together, i.e. joining external datasets to spatial units to create maps. A modified,
This webinar was the first of two sessions in a series, beginning the topic of ecosystem services mapping. Nynke Schulp spoke about the reliability of ecosystem services mapping, describing how methods of ecosystem services mapping have improved in recent years. Anis Guelmami spoke about
A diverse business with global operations and land-based assets faces a number of reporting challenges. Management teams need fast access to data that is locked away in departmental silos, inaccessible and unusable. Even with close links to these departments, gathering all the information needed to
Stated preference valuation is family of techniques which use individual respondents' statements about their preferences to estimate change in utility associated with a proposed increase in quality or quantity of an ecosystem service or bundle of services. Respondents are presented with one or
OpenNESS provides the opportunity to test and refine the classification so that it can be used more generally as we move towards operationalisation. In general terms some standardisation of definitions and terminology would be helpful so that cross-comparisons of ecosystem outputs would be possible
Together with our partners, we develop strategies to facilitate the sustainable management of biodiversity and ecosystem services across sectoral and administrative boundaries, based on solid data. We contribute to safeguarding the diversity of species and ecosystems for future generations.
This factsheet explains the importance of understanding the relationship between people and nature in urban planning and decision making in order to achieve urban resilience and sustainability.
Guidelines for tackling heat island effects of urban open spaces, identifying prior areas of concern and proposing measures to enhance thermal comfort, micro-climate, amenity value and biodiversity in urban regions (with strategically distributed green spaces).
The mDSS software is a generic indicator-based Decision Support System (DSS) developed to assist decision makers in the participatory management of environmental problems by applying several Multi-Criteria Analysis Methods and Group Decision Making. Specifically, it supports Decision/Policy Makers
EFISCEN is a large-scale forest model that projects forest resource development on regional to European scale, based on detailed national forest inventory data and scenarios. These scenarios are mainly determined by management actions, but the model can also take into account changes in forest area
The spatial decision support tool PALM aimed at supporting the allocation of urban development zones. A GIS-based MCDA approach was integrated into a web-based platform that allows distributing a requested amount of urban development areas within a selected perimeter based on ecosystem services and
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