With the abandonment of traditional agricultural activities, two thirds of the Catalonian territory have ceased to be part of the productive economy. In order to recover natural capital, it is necessary for it to become part of the productive economy again. How can the concept of ecosystem services facilitate opportunities in this area? The cycle "Cyber-forum on ecosystem services and collective intelligence. A way to recover natural capital?" will address this issue. Currently, around a third of the territory of Catalonia is included in the Natura 2000 Network, but its management can be improved; while another third of the Catalonian territorial surface is not productive as a consequence of the traditional abandonment of crops. This means that two thirds of Catalonia need to be properly managed with taxes as the only source of income, and with the public administration as the only administrator. Landscapes with a high natural and cultural value such as the Costa Brava coast are experiencing loss of attractiveness and increased fire risk as a result of this process. Likewise, most of the initiatives promoted from the private sphere encounter legal obstacles and cultural prejudices that see with difficulty the usefulness of the concept of ecosystem services.  How to effectively promote economic activity and biodiversity conservation In order to offer a vision on the viability of private initiatives that promote economic activity and the conservation of biodiversity and ecosystem services the "Cyber-forum on ecosystem services and collective intelligence. A way to recover natural capital? " has been organized by SGM Urban Planning & Ecosystem Services.  Webinar 1: "European vision on ecosystem services" The cycle took place on June 18 at 4:00 p.m. and was moderated by Brigitte Kramer, journalist who collaborates with Süddeutsche Zeitung i Bayerischer newspaper. The first webinar is dedicated to the European vision of the ecosystem services, in which  Mark Rousenvell, Professor of Land Use Change at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Institute of Geography and Geoecology) and head of the IFU´s Land Use Change Research Group will participate. Rosenvell is also co-chair of the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) of the regional assessment for Europe and Central Asia.Paul Mahony, coordinator of the platform OPPLA, a repository of Nature-based Solutions from the European Union that provides a knowledge marketplace for stakeholders, will also participate in the session. Link to video Webinar 2: "Legal obstacles? Is there room for interpretation?" The second webinar that will take place on June 30 at 4:00 p.m. is focused on addressing «Legal obstacles? Is there room for interpretation? ”, with the presence of Pablo Molina, law degree at Pompeu and Fabra University of Barcelona, urban planning technician by the School of Public Administration and partner at J&A Garrigues; and Rafael Fernández, lawyer, Doctor of Law and partner at PwC Spain. Registration Webinar 3: "Is it possible to earn money and recover natural capital?" The three experts who will share their experience with cyber forum participants on whether "Is it possible to earn money and recover natural capital?" are Agustí Jover, graduated in Economic Sciences from the Autonomous University of Barcelona and founding partner of Promo Assessors Consultors; Miquel Morel, Bachelor of Economics from the UAB, Master of Business Administration from Esade and partner of Promo Assessors Consultors; and David Álvarez, executive director of Ecoacsa and member of the Advisory Board of the European Commission Business @ Biodiversity (platform B@B).  Registration The webinars are aimed at urban planners (professionals and academics), lawyers, and decision makers and public administration officials. Image: National Park  of Aigüestortes. Source: Pixabay.com Comparte Facebook-f Twitter Linkedin-in ...

Nature is essential to the future of the planet, but natural resources are being used up faster than the Earth can replace them. Through understanding and considering the risks and opportunities created by nature, businesses can make better decisions that benefit themselves, society and the planet as a whole.We Value Nature is an EU Horizon 2020 three-year campaign that seeks to boost uptake of the use of natural thinking, natural capital accounting, nature-based solutions and green infrastructure by businesses across Europe to make valuing nature the new normal. These approaches can contribute substantially to a sustainable and resilient economy, which is crucial in the context of the current ecological and climate crisis where environmental risks continue to dominate the global business and economic agenda.Considering the growing risk of climate change and natural disasters, there is a clear sense of urgency to integrate nature into the decision-making processes of the public and private sector accelerating the mainstreaming through different approaches such as natural capital assessment, natural capital accounting (NCA), Nature-based Solutions (NbS), Green infrastructure (GI) and ecosystem-based approaches.In order to encourage governments to take comprehensive action to reverse nature loss and restore the planet’s vital natural systems, the business community has a critical role to play in demonstrating that the safeguarding of nature makes economic sense, also in identifying the policies and mechanisms needed for global systemic and transformative change. To foster a sense of shared ownership over the agreements and outcomes, the private and public sector can benefit from pursuing joint action.We Value Nature is currently carrying out together with Ecoacsa a pilot project to identify opportunities to strengthen collaboration between the public and private sector through assessing the options, benefits and best practices of protecting nature, enhancing the functions of ecosystems and restoring degraded land in a specific nature area in the Mediterranean area, Cabo de Gata-Níjar (Andalusia, Spain), by reinforcing the integration of natural capital in decision-making processes.To identify different natural capital approaches that benefit local stakeholders from public and private sectors and society In order to achieve this, we are searching for case studies that demonstrate successful actions for valuation of natural capital, ecosystem restoration, nature conservation and the effective integration of ecosystem services approaches in decision-making. The case studies will be assessed and the most successful ones in terms of demonstrated leadership and results will be compiled into a publication of best practices to support interested public and private sector stakeholders to learn and replicate these actions.  Case studies that could be eligible should come from ecotourism sector, eco-agriculture, and agroforestry. Assessment of case studies Located in a dry and semi-arid habitat in the Mediterranean coastal protected area (in the stream southeast of the Iberian Peninsula in the most arid part of Europe) Extension: it covers 46,000 hectares, of which 12,000 hectares are in the marine zone to a depth of 60 meters Arid climate (conditioned by the proximity of the Sahara Desert and the influence during most of the year of the Azores anticyclone) Low precipitation rain (rainfall below 200 mm a year) Average yearly temperature between 15-22 °C Abundance of semi-arid plant formations with fan palms Together with numerous endemic species specific to the zone are many other species characteristics of Saharan flora In this area there could be found different protected species (fauna & flora) Intensive greenhouse agriculture and increasingly, the tourism and tertiary sector) Protection classifications: Maritime and Terrestrial Natural Park, Specially Protected Bird Area (SPBA), Internationally Important Wetland (Ramsar Convention), Geopark, Specially Protected Area of Importance for the Mediterranean (SPAIM) Selected projects will be assessed according to objectives, scope, level of ambition, impacts, and dependencies on natural capital, valuation (qualitative, quantitative, and monetary), lessons learnt, project funding, and integration in the decision-making process. We Value Nature will profile projects that demonstrate how fostering a mutual understanding of the different approaches to landscape restoration and collaboration and integration of natural capital in decision making and practice can enhance benefits for all stakeholders from public and private sectors and society. The focus will be on showcasing a variety of natural capital approaches that benefit local stakeholders from the public and private sector and that offer potential for replication and new partnerships between key stakeholders The selected projects will be included in a final report, which will be publicly available and presented in different relevant workshops and meetings in Europe. All case studies proceeding from the open call that are not finally selected will be included in a specific annex to the final report. It will consist of a list of case studies and proposed uptake as a natural capital case studies, in case they fulfil the requirements. How to submit a case study? Provide a short description of the project and the natural capital approaches developed including objectives, impacts and lessons learnt. This information can be shared on the basis of existing project documentation or via links to online information.Please submit your case study by email to jesuscarrasco@ecoacsa.com by the 3rd of April 2020Successful case studies to be profiled by We Value Nature will be notified before end of April 2020.Link to the call published in We Value Nature website.  Share Facebook-f Twitter Linkedin-in ...