We are delighted to announce an exciting upcoming workshop on EO for Ecosystem Accounting hosted by the European Space Agency in collaboration with the United Nations Statistics Division and GEO EO4EA. The workshop will take place November 28 - December 1, 2022. (Please find the website event page, details, and registration information here: https://eo4ea-2022.esa.int) This workshop will bring together experts in Earth Observation and experts in Ecosystem Accounting to jointly discuss the key challenges that need to be addressed in order to use Earth Observation in compiling national ecosystem...
BiodiverCities: A roadmap to enhance the biodiversity and green infrastructure of European cities by 2030
BiodiverCities is a European Parliament Pilot Project, developed with the aim of enhancing the use of Urban Green Infrastructure (UGI) to enhance the condition of urban ecosystems, providing benefits for people and nature. In this report, an evaluation around the most appropriate reporting unit for an urban ecosystems assessment is carried out, comparing Functional Urban Areas (FUA) and Local Administrative Units (LAU). Furthermore, UGI are assessed from a multi-scale perspective. The status and scenarios of UGI in European urbanised areas is first analysed measuring the urban green areas and...
LInking accounts for ecosystem Services and Benefits to the Economy THrough bridging (LISBETH) Part II
Economy is embedded within nature, with all its risks and opportunities. There is the need for the financial system to channel public and private investments to enhance the stock of natural assets and encourage sustainable consumption and production activities throughout an ecological transition. However, an ecological transition may imply to protect, restore, and preserve nature and reverse the accelerating trajectory of its loss. With respect to this transition, one critical issue to address is the availability and usability of appropriate environmental metrics. The challenge addressed by...
The EU Biodiversity Strategy for 2030 calls for developing an EU-wide methodology to map, assess and achieve good condition of ecosystems, so they can deliver benefits to society through the provision of ecosystem services. The EU-wide methodology presented in this report addresses this methodological gap. The EU-wide methodology has adopted the System of Environmental Economic Accounting - Ecosystem Accounting (SEEA EA) as reference framework. The SEEA EA is an integrated framework for organizing biophysical information about ecosystems, adopted as a global statistical standard by the United...
The Integrated system for Natural Capital Accounting (INCA) in Europe: twelve lessons learned from empirical ecosystem service accounting
The Integrated system for Natural Capital Accounting (INCA) was developed and supported by the European Commission to test and implement the System of integrated Environmental and Economic Accounting – Ecosystem Accounting (SEEA EA). Through the compilation of nine Ecosystem Services (ES) accounts, INCA can make available to any interested ecosystem accountant a number of lessons learned. Amongst the conceptual lessons learned, we can mention: (i) for accounting purposes, ES should be clustered according to the existence (or not) of a sustainability threshold; (ii) the assessment of ES flow...
ESP Conference 2022 - Accounting for Ecosystem Services: theoretical basis and practical applications using the QGIS plug-in INCA tools
During the next Ecosystem Services Partnership – Regional Annual Conference, there will be the opportunity to attend a full day training on “Accounting for Ecosystem Services: theoretical basis and practical applications using the QGIS plug-in INCA tools”. The conference will take place in Heraklion (island of Crete, Greece) from the 10th to the 14th of October 2022. The training is going to take place on the 10th of October 2022 (to be confirmed).
ESP Conference 2022 - Moving forward in ecosystem services accounting: from the monetary valuation barrier to the mainstreaming into policy making
The Call for Abstracts at the next Ecosystem Services Partnership – Regional Annual Conference is open. Specifically there will be a session dedicated to Ecosystem Services Accounting: “Moving forward in ecosystem services accounting: from the monetary valuation barrier to the mainstreaming into policy making”. The conference will take place in Heraklion (island of Crete, Greece) from the 10th to the 14th of October 2022. The deadline for abstract submission is 31st July 2022.
During the next WORLD BIODIVERSITY FORUM which will take place in Davos, Switzerland from the 26th of June to the 1st of July, there will be: A workshop/ training on “Natural Capital Accounting: From theory to practice through concrete applications” (code WS_MonC1) on the 27th of June, 2:00-4:00 p.m. A session on “Ecosystem Services in Sustainable Finance” (code FIN2) on the 28th of June, 8:30-10:30 a.m. During the session there will be representatives from the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, the European Commission and the Dutch Central Bank.
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Colleagues from the Joint Research Centre and other institutions will hold a session in the next ESP Europe Conference to discuss about operational challenges of ecosystem accounts under SEEA-EA statistical framework and how to overcome or minimise them. Join them, submitting a presentation to their session.