ESE - Ecosystem Services for Europe (AG052)

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ESE - Ecosystem Services for Europe (AG052)

The Action Group aims to develop a consensual and agreed methodology to assess the tangible and intangible benefits from natural and constructed ecosystems in environment and monetary terms. This methodology will be tested, adapted and implemented in a range of European and non-European demo sites as European, national and local (RTD) projects. Expected is the development of a unique set of economic indicators (in monetary values), allowing economic comparisons among diverse areas and different scenarios.

The ESE AG has a multidisciplinary background, in the sense of incorporating a wide spectrum of ecological, territorial, management and economic research issues that will be integrated in the proposal of that new methodology. The main issues to be considered can be summarize as follows:

  • Ecosystem functions allocation, biophysical processes understanding, natural microbial communities, water resources to guarantee the ecosystem functions and ES
  • Local studies on wetlands and paddy fields, buffer zones
  • Good agriculture practices, sustainable architecture, global warming effects and energy aspects related to ES
  • Sustainable use of storm waters and groundwater use, and drainage in cities and
  • Tariff and business models, stakeholder´s perception, economic effectiveness of the ES.

Market opportunities will be especially centred on the creation of new SMEs to carry out the alternative water management techniques based on the new methodology, as well as the implementation of new ICT devices that could easily measure the biologic and environmental status of water bodies.

The group is led by CIRCE research centre at the Univesity of Zaragoza and includes the following partners in order to cover the wide range of required expertise the team:

  • IRSA Research Institute
  • Geological Survey of Finland GTK
  • EU-rice network
  • Lulea University of Technology LTU - Urban Water Engineering SWE
  • Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications CREAF
  • Institute for Science - Innovation & Society
  • Coventry University - Urban Physical Geography - Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (repres also the Water Efficiency in Buildings Network & the Integrating Sciences to Sustain Urban Ecosystem Services (ISSUES) Group & EPSRC and the Better Thames Network)
  • Decagon Devices INC
  • Centre Assessoria Dr. Ferrer S.L.
  • UMS GmbH
  • CETaqua
  • GMV
  • Deltares
  • Conferecación Hidrográfica del Duero

 

Business Development Group ( BDGroup) is...

Mr. Fleischmann is part of the EIP Water...

I'm environmentalist (UAB, Barcelona 2004)...

I am environmental scientist and PhD in Ecology....

Main research field is the study of the fate of...

Researcher at the Water Research Institute of the...

Research Coordinator at IWW Water Centre, Germany...

General Administrator of the EIP System, which...

Optimising joint management of power and water...

Name: SMITS
First name: Toine (Antonius Johannes...

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10th September 2015

About the Project

Aquatic ecosystems are rich in biodiversity and home to a diverse array of species and habitats, providing numerous economic and social benefits to Europe. Many of these valuable ecosystems are currently at significant risk of being irreversibly damaged...

31st August 2015

The 5th International EcoSummit Congress, EcoSummit 2016 - Ecological Sustainability: Engineering Change, will take place at The Corum Convention Centre, Montpellier from 29 August – 1 September 2016. This conference series was founded in 1996 in Copenhagen, as a forum to meet the demands of...

31st August 2015

The 8th World ESP conference will be held in South Africa from 9-13 November 2015 and is hosted at a very special location: Spier Wine farm and Conference Centre in Stellenbosch.

12th March 2015

The January 2015 issue of Vadose Zone Journal includes an article introducing a vision of ecosystem services and its connection to critical zone (CZ) processes. The authors propose a new perspective that incorporates CZ processes to expand the traditional focus within the four...

1st December 2014

Increasing the relevance of the concept for operational management on various scales

WssTP in co-operation with EurAqua and the Norwegian Institute for Water Research hosted a workshop titled ‘Water-related ecosystem services: Increasing the relevance of the concept for...

10th November 2014

Water Economics and Policy (WEP) 

Call for Papers
Special Issue on "Economics of Aquatic Ecosystems"...

Profile

ESE - Ecosystem Services for Europe (AG052)

The Action Group aims to develop a consensual and agreed methodology to assess the tangible and intangible benefits from natural and constructed ecosystems in environment and monetary terms. This methodology will be tested, adapted and implemented in a range of European and non-European demo sites as European, national and local (RTD) projects. Expected is the development of a unique set of economic indicators (in monetary values), allowing economic comparisons among diverse areas and different scenarios.

The ESE AG has a multidisciplinary background, in the sense of incorporating a wide spectrum of ecological, territorial, management and economic research issues that will be integrated in the proposal of that new methodology. The main issues to be considered can be summarize as follows:

  • Ecosystem functions allocation, biophysical processes understanding, natural microbial communities, water resources to guarantee the ecosystem functions and ES
  • Local studies on wetlands and paddy fields, buffer zones
  • Good agriculture practices, sustainable architecture, global warming effects and energy aspects related to ES
  • Sustainable use of storm waters and groundwater use, and drainage in cities and
  • Tariff and business models, stakeholder´s perception, economic effectiveness of the ES.

Market opportunities will be especially centred on the creation of new SMEs to carry out the alternative water management techniques based on the new methodology, as well as the implementation of new ICT devices that could easily measure the biologic and environmental status of water bodies.

The group is led by CIRCE research centre at the Univesity of Zaragoza and includes the following partners in order to cover the wide range of required expertise the team:

  • IRSA Research Institute
  • Geological Survey of Finland GTK
  • EU-rice network
  • Lulea University of Technology LTU - Urban Water Engineering SWE
  • Centre for Ecological Research and Forestry Applications CREAF
  • Institute for Science - Innovation & Society
  • Coventry University - Urban Physical Geography - Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (repres also the Water Efficiency in Buildings Network & the Integrating Sciences to Sustain Urban Ecosystem Services (ISSUES) Group & EPSRC and the Better Thames Network)
  • Decagon Devices INC
  • Centre Assessoria Dr. Ferrer S.L.
  • UMS GmbH
  • CETaqua
  • GMV
  • Deltares
  • Conferecación Hidrográfica del Duero

 

Members

Business Development Group ( BDGroup) is...

Mr. Fleischmann is part of the EIP Water...

I'm environmentalist (UAB, Barcelona 2004)...

I am environmental scientist and PhD in Ecology....

Main research field is the study of the fate of...

Researcher at the Water Research Institute of the...

Research Coordinator at IWW Water Centre, Germany...

General Administrator of the EIP System, which...

Optimising joint management of power and water...

Name: SMITS
First name: Toine (Antonius Johannes...

Pages

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News

10th September 2015

About the Project

Aquatic ecosystems are rich in biodiversity and home to a diverse array of species and habitats, providing numerous economic and social benefits to Europe. Many of these valuable ecosystems are currently at significant risk of being irreversibly damaged...

31st August 2015

The 5th International EcoSummit Congress, EcoSummit 2016 - Ecological Sustainability: Engineering Change, will take place at The Corum Convention Centre, Montpellier from 29 August – 1 September 2016. This conference series was founded in 1996 in Copenhagen, as a forum to meet the demands of...

31st August 2015

The 8th World ESP conference will be held in South Africa from 9-13 November 2015 and is hosted at a very special location: Spier Wine farm and Conference Centre in Stellenbosch.

12th March 2015

The January 2015 issue of Vadose Zone Journal includes an article introducing a vision of ecosystem services and its connection to critical zone (CZ) processes. The authors propose a new perspective that incorporates CZ processes to expand the traditional focus within the four...

1st December 2014

Increasing the relevance of the concept for operational management on various scales

WssTP in co-operation with EurAqua and the Norwegian Institute for Water Research hosted a workshop titled ‘Water-related ecosystem services: Increasing the relevance of the concept for...

10th November 2014

Water Economics and Policy (WEP) 

Call for Papers
Special Issue on "Economics of Aquatic Ecosystems"...