What is nature worth for you?
And the answer is 13 million EUR – this is the amount that protected Natura 2000 sites provide in the form of six selected ecosystem services in the Tarnava-Mica region in Romania, according to our research. During our project with Milvus Group and the Centre for Ecological Research of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (MTA ÖK), we mapped and assessed 91 thousand hectares of Natura 2000 areas to quantify the most important ecosystem services with the involvement of the local people.
We didn’t only make interviews and surveys about ecosystem services, but we also mapped them and their potentials while calculating their values. Having found out what the most valued ecosystem services were (e.g. timber, honey, diverse landscape, water retention, wild plants and mushrooms, touristic attractiveness), we also provided suggestions for decision-makers to preserve them for future generations and integrate them to various sectors (tourism, water, forest and agriculture). Our most important findings and suggestions can be read in our summary study and will be presented during the final conference on 29th March in Targu Mures, Romania.
Read more about the project here: http://milvus.ro/