WHY MAP THEM?

We need to map and asses ecosystem services:

  • to guide decisions on complex public issues
  • to advance biodiversity objectives
  • to inform the development and implementation of related policies on climate, water, agriculture, forestry and regional planning

Robust data is also important for the planning of different projects. Land-use and ecosystem service maps are much needed to locate valuable ecosystem services, identify site-specific problems and communicate with stakeholders. To aid this, the EU is collecting information for its European Habitat Classification (EUNIS) and the Corine Land Cover.

To achieve the goals of the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy it is essential to first assess the condition of our ecosystems. With this knowledge we are able to follow the changes in environmental quality and the trends related to ecosystem services and natural capital. Once completed, mapping an assessing ecosystem services will yield an excellent tool for decision makers.

Assessing ecosystem services consists in analysing of the natural environment, the state of biodiversity and ecosystems and evaluating the amount of ecosystem services. It attempts to connect development to the environment by identifying service maintainers and beneficiaries.