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|Title:||Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services – An analytical framework for ecosystem assessments under Action 5 of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020. Discussion paper|
|Authors:||MAES JOACHIM; TELLER Anne; ERHARD Markus; LIQUETE Camino; BRAAT Leon; BERRY Pam; EGOH BENIS NCHINE; PUYDARRIEUX Philippe; FIORINA Christel; SANTOS-MARTÍN Fernando; PARACCHINI Maria-Luisa; KEUNE Hans; WITTMER Heidi; HAUCK Jennifer; FIALA Ingeborg; VERBURG Peter; CONDÉ Sophie; SCHAGNER Jan Philipp; SAN-MIGUEL-AYANZ Jesus; ESTREGUIL Christine; OSTERMANN Ole Peter; BARREDO CANO JOSE IGNACIO; PEREIRA Henrique M.; STOTT Andrew; LAPORTE Valerie; MEINER Andrus; OLAH Branislav; GELABERT Eva; SPYROPOULOU Rania; PETERSEN Jan-Erik; MAGUIRE Cathy; ZAL Nihal; ACHILLEOS Evdokia; RUBIN Angelika; LEDOUX Laure; MURPHY Patrick; FRITZ Marco; BROWN Claire; RAES Caroline; JACOBS Sander; RAQUEZ Perinne; VANDEWALLE Marie; CONNOR David; BIDOGLIO Giovanni|
|Publisher:||Publications Office of the European Union|
|Other Identifiers:||EUR KH-32-13-185-EN-N|
|Abstract:||Action 5 of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 calls Member States to map and assess the state of ecosystems and their services in their national territory with the assistance of the European Commission. The objective of this discussion paper is to support the development of a coherent analytical framework to be applied by the EU and its Member States in order to ensure consistent approaches are used. In line with the Millennium Ecosystem assessment, the objective of the EU assessment is to provide a critical evaluation of the best available information for guiding decisions on complex public issues. It is therefore framed by a broad set of key policy questions. It is structured around a conceptual framework that links human societies and their well-being with the environment. More specifically, the paper proposes a typology of ecosystems to be assessed and mapped and the use of the Common International Classification of Ecosystem Services (CICES) developed for environmental accounting purposes.|
|JRC Directorate:||Sustainable Resources|
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