ecosystem services

A landmark conference on Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES), hosted by Commissioner Potočnik, took place in Brussels on 22 May 2014 and attracted over 300 participants. Speakers included Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research and Innovation, Sharon Dijksma, Minister for Agriculture of the Netherlands, Pavan Sukhdev, who led the ground-breaking study on The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB), and Lisa Emelia Svensson, Swedish Ambassador Oceans, Seas and Freshwater.

ENEP member, the Institute for Environmental Sciences (IES), has produced a report on how to do an ecosystems service assessment in practice. The better protection of ecosystems and the greater use of green infrastructure are part of the EU’s Biodiversity Strategy (Target 2)