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27 June 2018

Which ecosystem services do locals value the most? Workshop in Vásárosnamény

On 25 June, the first workshop for valuation of Ecosystem Services in the Hungarian pilot area of TRANSGREEN (North-East corner of the country) took place in Vásárosnamény – the city where the M3 motorway currently ends. Local stakeholders were invited to discuss the future of the area. Hunting Association, Rural Tourism, Forestry, local nature conservationist and the Mayor of Vásárosnamény represented local stakeholders. CEEweb’s experts on Ecosystem Services lead the workshop, where a survey was also distributed to evaluate and prioritize Ecosystem Services.

The reason for the ecosystem service assessment is to find out nature’s gifts in the area, and what local people value the most. Thus, we can identify what impact the future motorway will have on Ecosystem Services. To find out more about ecosystem services check: http://www.ceeweb.org/work-areas/priority-areas/ecosystem-services/

The Ecosystem Services selected as most important from the 22 identified Ecosystem Services based on the interviews made prior to the workshop were: river Tisza with its branches and programmes it offers, the mosaic landscape and biodiversity, the „spirit” of the area, (eco)tourism, and game.

It will be a challenge to evaluate/monetize those services, which is the next step of the assessment.