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

 

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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

 

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Manuel Lago, an experienced researcher and...

Former UNCTAD Associate Economic Affairs Officer...

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