Special edition Eurosite eNewsletter
Protected nature sites, due to the rich biodiversity they harbor, are European hot spots in terms of the ecosystem services they deliver. Site managers have a key role to play here, as only by proper management these sites will continue to do so in the future.

During the Eurosite Annual Meeting in November, a full-day seminar covered the topic of ecosystem services and how these can help in increasing support for management and protection activities. In this eNewsletter we share summaries of the seminar's keynotes and workshops.
Operationalisation of natural capital and ecosystem services
The EU project OpenNESS aims to translate the concepts of natural capital and ecosystem services into operational frameworks that provide tested, practical and tailored solutions for integration into land, water and urban management and decision making.

Ben Delbaere - ECNC-European Centre for Nature Conservation
The pros and cons of ecosystem services
The different views people have on nature lead to a variety of desired futures. In the Nature Outlook project, four perspectives, each exploring a desired future state of nature and possible pathways to get there, were elaborated. Acknowledging these different perspectives – including those focussing on different ecosystem services – enhances the political and/or social decision process.

Irene Bouwma - Alterra
Peatland conservation and the UK Peatland Code
The North Pennines AONB Partnership has been restoring peatlands for over 10 years and is now working with the IUCN UK Peatland Programme to validate a new ecosystem services financial instrument called the UK Peatland Code. The UK Peatland Code is a mechanism by which the private sector can help fund peatland restoration projects.

Paul Leadbitter - The North Pennines AONB Partnership
Rice paddies and avifauna: major ecosystem service providers
The Axios Delta Protected Area is located on the Gulf of Thermaikos, near Thessaloniki in Greece. Almost one-fifth of the protected area is covered by rice paddies – valuable artificial wetlands – where 75% of the national rice crop is being produced. Rice paddies and avifauna are major ecosystem service providers, intertwined in a feedback loop.

Eva Katrana - Axios Loudias Aliakmonas Management Authority Greece
Ecosystem services and their interaction with hunting activity
Hunters are interested in the conservation of ecosystem services and willing to pay for stabilizing their supply. They are affected by the provisional and cultural services of ecosystems and they affect the regulating and habitat ecosystem services by working for nature management.

Konstantinos Papaspyropoulos - Hunting Federation of Macedonia and Thrace
Practical application of ecosystem services in Belgium
Natuurpunt is a member-based nature conservation organisation in Flanders. In this presentation three case studies are outlined in which Natuurpunt explored if and how ecosystem services could be used for tackling the following challenges: raising public and political awareness, stakeholder management and finding alternative funding.

Anke Geeraerts - Natuurpunt
The Dutch Natura 2000 network: benefits for society
The Dutch Natura 2000 network does not only safeguard international important habitats, floral species and faunal species, it also provides society with a broad array of benefits: ecosystem services. Unfortunately, these benefits of nature for society are often overlooked and not sufficiently considered and integrated in decision making.

Esther Moens, Natuurmonumenten
People gain many benefits - or ecosystem services - from nature. They encompass a broad range of products and services like timber, food, medicines, clean air and water, water retention and protection against floods, climate mitigation, recreation, etc.
Click to watch the European Commission's video about ecosystem services.
Towards a market system for nature credits?
This workshop addressed the possibilities of establishing a market system for (protected) nature area’s in Europe, considering the existing context, the motivations and possible objectives and organisational structure involved.

Chair of the workshop: Jan Veenstra
Ecosystem services - involving relevant stakeholders
This workshop explored the questions of how to trace relevant stakeholders, and how to increase their involvement in and commitment towards ecosystem services.

Chair of the workshop: Nel Sangers
Tools and assessments of ecosystem services
In this workshop participants were guided through the maze of currently available methods and tools for the assessment of ecosystem services. What considerations are needed in order to make a deliberate and fortunate decision?

Chair of the workshop: Irene Bouwma
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