ESMERALDA (Enhancing ecoSysteM sERvices mApping for poLicy and Decision mAking)

Runtime: 01.02.2015 - 31.07.2018

Funding agency: European Union (Horizon 2020)

Project coordination: PD Dr. Benjamin Burkhard

Scientific staff: PD Dr. Benjamin Burkhard, Prof. Dr. Felix Müller, Dr. Marion Kruse

Cooperation partners: Finnish Environment Institute SYKE, University of Madrid, University of Nottingham, University of Trento, Pensoft, Free University of Amsterdam, Flemish Institute for Technological Research VITO, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Global Change Research Centre CVGZ, Foundation for Sustainable Development FSD, ETH Zürich, Baltic Environmental Forum, Regional Environmental Centre, Hungarian Academy of Sciences, Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Bucharest, UNEP WCMC, Paris-Lodron University Salzburg, University of Poznan, Institute for Environmental & Agricultural Science & Research, Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology, University of Copenhagen, Naturvårdsverket SEPA, Joint Research Centre JRC


Objectives: Mapping and assessment of ecosystems and their services (ES) are core to the EU Biodiversity (BD) Strategy. They are essential if we are to make informed decisions. Action 5 sets the requirement for an EU-wide knowledge base designed to be: a primary data source for developing Europe’s green infrastructure; resource to identify areas for ecosystem restoration; and, a baseline against which the goal of ‘no net loss of BD and ES’ can be evaluated. In response to these requirements, ESMERALDA aims to deliver a flexible methodology to provide the building blocks for pan-European and regional assessments. The work will ensure the timely delivery to EU member states in relation to Action 5 of the BD Strategy, supporting the needs of assessments in relation to the requirements for planning, agriculture, climate, water and nature policy.




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