NewsSeptember 14, 2016

Other News

Show older news

Archive

New report on the state of the UK's birds

Green Week 2017 – The transition towards a circular economy

25th anniversary of LIFE and the Habitats Directive

OpenNESS partners reflect on progress and impact

ECNC welcomes a new Network partner

Sea turtles and ‘plastic soup’ in the classroom

New issue of ECNC Update published

Nature Outlook report to be presented in Brussels

Healthy Seas in 2016 - more nets collected and exciting new activities

Ecosystem services and EU regulatory frameworks: How can Oppla help?

European Commission adopts the Environmental Implementation Review

EC launches public consultation on the Common Agricultural Policy

Today is World Wetlands Day

Successful Healthy Seas beach clean-up with schoolkids

New EEA report on climate change in Europe

PISCO/UNS publication on the science of marine protected areas

New issue of ECNC Update published

2017 - International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development

EU guide to environmental directives

Video message by Commissioner Vella in support of Healthy Seas

Ecosystem services seminar presentations available online

ALTER-Net team publishes paper on nature-based solutions

UN Biodiversity Conference: commitments for action on biodiversity

New French Agency for Biodiversity

New issue of ECNC Update published

Healthy Seas fashion exhibition in the Netherlands

IAGC and Healthy Seas announce ocean ghostnet clean-up partnership

Statement by Commissioner Vella on the Nature Directives Fitness Check

Oppla all set to serve European projects

New issue of ECNC Update published

Fruit and biodiversity in the Euregio Rhine-Waal

OpenNESS at the third EU Business and Biodiversity annual meeting

Sustainable Development: EU sets out its priorities

Users very enthusiastic about Oppla

Record number of cities apply for European Green Capital 2019 and European Green Leaf 2018 Awards

Second Atlantic Seminar: Knowledge exchange and roadmap for future cooperation

OpenNESS case studies to inspire European site managers

European companies awarded for their green business solutions

New issue of ECNC Update published

Bosland conference - increasing opportunities for nature and society

Stakeholders discuss actions and cooperation at Second Boreal Seminar

Draft results of restoration study presented at workshop

Embracing Estuaries – workshop results published

The 'umbrella effect' of Natura 2000

Bracenet develops fashion bracelets from ghost nets

Support the People4Soil initiative

Ecosystem services: We must now deliver societal impact

What the EU should do to better protect nature in Europe

Best practice in restoration

EEA ‘My City’ photo competition: public vote now open

Nature lends a hand

Launching Oppla: a global platform for nature-based solutions

European Commission adopts first EU list of invasive species

Enter the Green-Go short film contest 2016!

Registration now open for conference ‘Bosland 10 years – Passion for Nature’

New issue of ECNC Update published

Registration open for study workshop on restoration and the EU biodiversity strategy to 2020

Sharing knowledge and experience for regions and biodiversity

New issue of ECNC Update published

LIFE Platform meeting on restoration of sand dune habitats

Implementing ecosystem restoration and green infrastructure in Europe

Nature supports Europe’s sustainable cities

Food and health the focus of Tilburg Nature Market 2016

New issue of ECNC Update published

2016 Natura 2000 Award winners announced

Workshop on Mediterranean forest management and Natura 2000

OpenNESS annual meeting reflects on four years of work

New issue of ECNC Update published

ECNC and Lithuanian Government preparing the Second Boreal Natura 2000 Seminar

People 4 Soil initiative

Symposium 'Biodiversity in the Netherlands, one step beyond'

Odra Delta Nature Park - testing new business models

Finalists of the 2016 Natura 2000 Award announced

New issue of ECNC Update published

Call for practical restoration evidence for new EU study on ecosystem restoration

Vote for the European Natura 2000 Citizens’ Award!

Research to support innovating with nature

Department of Landscape Architecture, Ankara University, joins ECNC Network

New issue of ECNC Update published

Integrating nature into circular economy

Quality Destination in action!

New project to promote ecosystem restoration

European Ecosystem Services Conference: call for sessions open!

New issue of ECNC Update published

Land and Soil Management Award – Apply now!

Alpine Grassland Management Workshop addresses long-term protection of grasslands

European biodiversity indicator process revitalized

Promoting sustainable tourism in Uzundere through the QualityDestination programme

New issue of ECNC Update published

Natura 2000 Award 2016 - Deadline extended until 15 December!

Tackling nitrogen deposition in nature areas requires an integrated approach

Ecosystem services for nature, people and prosperity

Seminar discusses Natura 2000 management issues

Data to underpin Dutch Parliament view on EU nature legislation

’Eco-crossovers’ in the German–Dutch Euregio Rhine-Waal

How small businesses operationalise ecosystem services

New issue of ECNC Update published

ECNC networking for Europe’s nature and biodiversity

Biodiversity meter unveiled in Delft

Natura 2000 Award 2016 - apply now!

Nature lends a hand


UAntwerp to host first conference on ecosystem services from 19 to 23 September.

Helping nature to help us: that is the main idea behind the first European conference on ecosystem services. Between 19 and 23 September, more than 600 participants from all over the world will make their way to the University of Antwerp to debate and learn more about how nature contributes to human well-being and vice versa.

An ecosystem service is a service provided to mankind by nature. Such services can take many different forms: an ecosystem can produce drinking water, for example, but also pollinate crops and provide opportunities for recreation.

In other words, healthy ecosystems are invaluable both to human well-being and to the protection of nature. So it should come as no surprise that scientists, companies and policy makers are beginning to pay more and more attention to them. The global Ecosystem Services Partnership is now working with three research projects – OpenNESS, OPERAs and ECOPLAN – to organise a conference on this topic for the first time in Europe.

From 19 to 23 September, over 600 scientists, policy makers and people working in the field will attend the European Ecosystem Services conference  in Antwerp. Over the course of five days, they will tackle a multitude of aspects related to the earth’s natural assets.

Some of the highlights:

  • On Monday 19 September the participants will hear from Antwerp provincial governor Cathy Berx and MEP Bas Eickhout. The panel will be led by Belgian television personality and film director Nic Balthazar.
  • On Tuesday 20 September, there will be an ecosystem services market with 40 stands related to the practice of ecosystem services (projects, initiatives, companies).
  • On Friday 23 September, the Antwerp declaration will be signed and we will hear speeches from European Commission directors Humberto Delgado Rosa (EC-DG Environment) and Birgit de Boissezon (EC-DG Research & Innovation), as well as Hans Bruyninckx, director of the European Environment Agency. The closing speech will be given by Kai Chan of the University of British Columbia, a leading figure in the world of ecosystem services and a gifted speaker.
  • Launch of Oppla (www.oppla.eu), a new platform and community for helping put ecosystem services into practice and supporting nature-based solutions.

As a partner in OpenNESS, ECNC is centrally involved in organising and chairing the conference.