ESMERALDA – Enhancing ecosystem services mapping for policy and decision making

Project description

Mapping and assessment of ecosystems and their services (ES) are core to the EU Biodiversity (BD) Strategy. ESMERALDA (Enhancing ecoSysteM sERvices mApping for poLicy and Decision mAking) aims to deliver a flexible methodology to provide the building blocks for pan-European and regional assessments. The mapping approach integrates biophysical, social and economic assessment techniques. The outcomes are applicable in different contexts.;

Research themes

Ecosystem management

Integrated landscape management

Project details

  • Start date:
    February 1, 2015
  • End date:
    July 31, 2018
  • Location:
    EU Horizon 2020
  • Funded by:
    European Union
  • Objectives:
    To share experience through an active process of dialogue and knowledge co-creation enabling participants to map ecosystem services in their countries

Project contact

Adrienne Grêt-Regamey

ETH Zurich, Institute for Spatial and Landscape Development, Planning of Landscaepe and Urban Systems (PLUS)

Team members

  • Adrienne Grêt-Regamey
  • Sibyl Brunner
  • Sven-Erik Rabe
  • Bettina Weibel

Participating partners

Consortium of 25 partners from 20 European countries

Related publications

Rabe, S.-E. (2020). Assessing ecosystem services across scales: from methodological linkages to implementation. Doctoral Thesis, Zurich, ETH Zurich.

Weibel, B., Rabe, S.-E., Burkhard, B. & Grêt-Regamey, A. (2018). On the importance of a broad stakeholder network for developing a credible, salient and legitimate tiered approach for assessing ecosystem services. One Ecosystem 3, e25470.

Burkhard, B., Maes, J., Potschin-Young, M. B., Santos-Martín, F., Geneletti, D., Stoev, P., Kopperoinen, L., Adamescu, C. M., Adem Esmail, B., Arany, I., Arnell, A., Balzan, M., Barton, D. N., van Beukering, P., Bicking, S., Borges, P. A. V., Borisova, B., Braat, L., Brander, L. M., Bratanova-Doncheva, S., Broekx, S., Brown, C., Cazacu, C., Crossman, N., Czúcz, B., Daněk, J., de Groot, R., Depellegrin, D., Dimopoulos, P., Elvinger, N., Erhard, M., Fagerholm, N., Frélichová, J., Grêt-Regamey, A., Grudova, M., Haines-Young, R., Inghe, O., Kallay, T. K., Kirin, T., Klug, H., Kokkoris, I. P., Konovska, I., Kruse, M., Kuzmova, I., Lange, M., Liekens, I., Lotan, A., Lowicki, D., Luque, S., Marta-Pedroso, C., Mizgajski, A., Mononen, L., Mulder, S., Müller, F., Nedkov, S., Nikolova, M., Östergård, H., Penev, L., Pereira, P., Pitkänen, K., Plieninger, T., Rabe, S.-E., Reichel, S., Roche, P. K., Rusch, G., Ruskule, A., Sapundzhieva, A., Sepp, K., Sieber, I. M., Šmid Hribar, M., Stašová, S., Steinhoff-Knopp, B., Stępniewska, M., Teller, A., Vackar, D., van Weelden, M., Veidemane, K., Vejre, H., Vihervaara, P., Viinikka, A., Villoslada, M., Weibel, B. & Zulian, G. (2018). Mapping and assessing ecosystem services in the EU – Lessons learned from the ESMERALDA approach of integration. One Ecosystem 3, e29153.

Albert, C., Neßhöver, C., Schröter, M., Wittmer, H., Bonn, A., Burkhard, B., Dauber, J., Döring, R., Fürst, C., Grunewald, K., Haase, D., Hansjürgens, B., Hauck, J., Hinzmann, M., Koellner, T., Plieninger, T., Rabe, S.-E., Ring, I., Spangenberg, J. H., Stachow, U., Wüstemann, H. & Görg, C. (2017). Towards a national ecosystem assessment in Germany: A plea for a comprehensive approach. GAIA – Ecological Perspectives for Science and Society 26(1), 27-33.

Grêt-Regamey, A., Weibel, B., Rabe, S.-E. & Burkhard, B. (2017). A tiered approach for ecosystem services mapping. In Burkhard, B. & Maes, J. (Eds.) Mapping ecosystem services, 213-217. Sofia: Pensoft Publishers.

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