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23 November 2022
Selecting a cost-effective solution for public drinking water supply systems requires an understanding of the variables influencing the price of producing drinking water. The filtration of raw water is a significant factor in determining the cost of water treatment. Despite being a widely recognised ecosystem service, the cost of water purification has not yet been extensively quantified. In a newly published article in the One Ecosystem journal, written by members of the Global Change Resear...
18 October 2022
A significant step toward recognising the contribution of ecosystems to our economy and well-being has been made with the recent adoption by the United Nations of the statistical framework for the System of Environmental Economic Accounting - Ecosystem Accounting (SEEA-EA) (United Nations, 2021). Ecosystem extent, condition, service flows, monetary ecosystem assets, and thematic ecosystem accounting are all integrated by SEEA-EA. These accounts are viewed as a tool with great potential for suppo...
3 October 2022
The Federal Statistical Office of Germany held the 28th Meeting of the London Group on Environmental Accounting from September 26–29, 2022, in Siegburg, Germany. There were more than 50 attendees from different countries, amongst whom were MAIA’s partners from the World Conservation Monitoring Centre (WCMC). While the bulk of attendees joined in person, several attendees joined online due to travel restrictions to discuss and present their research papers. The symposium was divided into seven...
28 September 2022
Last week’s meeting in Brussels, Belgium marked the end of the four-year research collaboration MAIA (Mapping and Assessment for Integrated ecosystem Accounting). On 20 and 21 September 2022 representatives of all partner institutions gathered at the Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) to celebrate the project achievements over the course of a fruitful research collaboration. In the span of two days, the final meeting was divided into three thematic sessions with 20 presentations...
9 September 2022
Natural capital includes both mineral ores, as well as oil and gas (non-renewables) and renewable resources derived from ecosystems. Ecosystems provide many different services to people - they supply us with food and materials, they regulate our water cycles and soils, and they provide us with opportunities for tourism, recreation and reflection. Whereas methods to account for non-renewable resources are well established, the development and application of accounting systems for ecosystems and t...
2 August 2022
A new report on the Monetary valuation of ecosystem services and assets for ecosystem accounting, developed jointly by the NCAVES and MAIA projects is now available on the United Nations’s website. The newly published report has been developed in accordance with the adopted earlier in 2022 by the UN Statistical Commission SEEA Ecosystem Accounting (SEEA EA) implementation strategy. The publication is intended to provide a useful starting point with suggestions on valuation methods and referen...
6 July 2022
Natural capital accounting (NCA) is a tool used for measuring the changes in the stock of natural capital at a variety of scales and for integrating the value of ecosystem services into accounting and reporting systems at the international, EU, and national levels. In a recently published article in the journal Ecosystem Services, written by MAIA project partners, a new classification scheme is proposed that organises different models and modelling approaches. The aim is to use this newly c...
30 June 2022
A recently published MAIA-supported paper looks into the available SEEA EA water flow regulations for ecosystem (ES) accounting in order to define an approach for accounting flood regulation at a local scale, within the case study region of Ogosta river basin in Bulgaria. Developed by a team of leading experts, amongst whom MAIA’s partner Desislava Hristova of the National Institute for Geophysics, Geodesy and Geography, the paper is available in the journal of the Bulgarian Geographical Society...
1 June 2022
The science of ecosystem services has come of age globally. The data revolution of the last decades has allowed many experts to measure, quantify, model, and map human-nature interactions, yet to use all this information to support public and private decision-making remains a challenge. Against this background, the Ecosystem Services Partnership (ESP) is hosting for a fourth year in a row ESP Europe Regional conference, the goal of which is to highlight pathways for involving diverse societal...
24 May 2022
A systematic review on the Greek endemics of Peloponnese, which aims to asses the ecosystem services potential of endemic floras has been conducted by a team of leading experts, amongst whom are the MAIA project partners Dr. Ioannis Kokkoris and Prof. Panagiotis Dimopoulos of the University of Patras, Greece. The newly published MAIA-supported paper is available in the Sustainability open access journal. As the interest in new, natural, sustainable products arises in many fields, wild plants...
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