MAES

maes digital atlasAccording to Action 5 (Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES)) under Target 2 of the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy, by the end of this year, 2014, Member States should have mapped and assessed the state of ecosystems and their services in their territories. If all runs according to schedule, by 2020 they will have further assessed the economic value of those services and integrated it into national and EU accounting and reporting systems.

“Member States, with the assistance of the Commission, will map and assess the state of ecosystems and their services in their national territory by 2014, assess the economic value of such services, and promote the integration of these values into accounting and reporting systems at EU and national level by 2020”. (European Commission 2011)

Mapping and assessing ecosystem services is crucial to knowing the state of our natural capital, the trends relating to it and the effects of our actions, including protection activities. If the Green Infrastructure Strategy is to enhance Europe’s Natural Capital, we need to first evaluate its state in order to be able to tell the difference. In order to ensure No Net Loss of ecosystem services, under Target 2 of the Biodiversity Strategy, we must first evaluate our starting point.

Websites: http://biodiversity.europa.eu/maes

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/knowledge/ecosystem_assessment/index_en.htm

 

Publications

MAES Digital Atlas
Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services. An analytical framework for ecosystem assessments under Action 5 of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020.

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