Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity Assessment

PROJECTS

Mapping and assessment of ecosystems and their services in EECCA and SEE countries

And support to the revision of NBSAPs in Central Asian countries

The assessment of ecosystems and their services is key to supporting the identification of priorities for ecosystem restoration and the valuation of ecosystems and the services they provide.

This project also built on the Pan-European Biodiversity Strategy 2020 adopted in 2012. The Strategy is the pan-European approach to facilitating and coordinating efforts to meet the global Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011–2020 and its Aichi Targets, and in line with the 2011 EU Communication: Our Life Insurance, our natural capital: an EU biodiversity strategy to 2020. The Pan-European Strategy calls for activities to build capacity for the development, review, and implementation of National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs); the valuation of ecosystem services; and the integration of biodiversity across sectors. It also calls to support all biodiversity-related conventions and to promote synergies between them.

In April 2013, 30 countries from the European and Central Asian region met in Batumi (Georgia) for the 6th Biodiversity in Europe Conference. The Conference Outcomes Document highlights the following priorities for biodiversity cooperation in line with the global Strategic Plan for Biodiversity, the Pan-European 2020 Strategy for Biodiversity, decisions made during CBD COP11 and the interests and responsiveness from Central Asian countries:

  1. Support for the revision and implementation of National Biodiversity Strategies and Action Plans (NBSAPs) 
  2. Support to improve the way biodiversity and ecosystem services, concerns and requirements are reflected in sectoral, economic and development policies, including through TEEB.

Objectives

The objectives of this contract were:

  • to get a better understanding of the ecosystem and ecosystem services mapping and assessment initiatives that are being developed in the EECCA countries and five SEE countries (Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, FYRO Macedonia and Serbia );
  • to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and experiences between stakeholders in the region; and
  • to contribute to addressing the capacity building needs of five Central Asian countries (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) for the revision and implementation of NBSAPs, particularly linked to improving the way biodiversity and ecosystem services are reflected in policies.

Time frame

October 2014 – December 2014

Funder

UNEP Regional Office for Europe

Deliverables

The project produced two deliverables (available for downloading on the right):

  • A scoping document including the overview of ongoing initiatives related to mapping and assessment of ecosystems and their services in EECCA countries and five SEE countries. 
  • A scoping document for the five Central Asian countries including: (i) a review of the current state of play regarding revision and implementation of NBSAPs in these countries; (ii) the identification of priority areas for capacity building; and (iii) the identification of regional overlaps in NBSAP priorities and targets to support regional and cross-border cooperation and sharing of experiences and good practices.