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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...
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...
8 April 2022
Slowly stepping out of the COVID-19 restrictions, MAIA organised a workshop on Ecosystem accounting and SEEA EA 2021 on 29 March 2022 in Madrid, Spain. A hybrid format allowed for around 60 people to follow the workshop online and more than 35 MAIA members and stakeholders to attend on site.  The main focus of the workshop was for MAIA partners and the representatives from the various European institutions, such as the European Environment Agency(EEA), the United Nations Statistics Divis...
7 April 2022
Ireland’s leading university, Тhe University of Dublin offers a postdoctoral position in the Department of Botany at Trinity College. The successful candidate will work with Professor Jane Stout on the For-ES project (‘Accounting for Forest Ecosystem Services in Ireland’), funded by the Department of Food, Agriculture and the Marine, in partnership with UCD and Coillte.  The new post-doc researcher will be a leading member of the ForES team and will lead the creation of natural capital a...
1 April 2022
SEEA EA is a spatially-based, integrated statistical framework for organising biophysical information about ecosystems, measuring ecosystem services, tracking changes in ecosystem extent and condition, valuing ecosystem services and assets and linking this information to measures of economic and human activity. Therein, the One Ecosystem journal provides a platform for scientists and statisticians to publish newly compiled accounting tables. More information and how to submit a paper you c...
14 March 2022
The MAIA team has the pleasure to announce that the project is going to hold a workshop on Ecosystem Accounting and SEEA EA 2021, where the Immediate action and the road ahead will be the main focus. The hybrid event will take place on 29 March 2022 in Madrid, Spain. Participants can join the complete  workshop on site or online. Registration is required for both onsite and online participation. During the workshop, MAIA partners as well as external members from various European institut...
14 February 2022
The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration offers a vital opportunity to advance scaled-up, integrated approaches that reverse ecosystem degradation, biodiversity loss, and climate disruption and deterioration. As such, the available in the Restoration Ecology journal paper Shifting the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration from aspiration to reality, provides essential ready to use natural capital approaches to engage with policymakers and stakeholders in a transparent way. The article has been con...
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