Maximising the value of research on ecosystem services: Knowledge integration and guidance tools mediating the science, policy and practice interfaces

Marta Pérez-Soba*, Peter Verweij, Heli Saarikoski, Paula A. Harrison, David N. Barton, Eeva Furman

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Abstract

Progress towards sustainable development ultimately depends on policy makers' and practitioners' capacities to protect Natural Capital (NC) stocks so that they are not exploited beyond Earth's capability to renew them. This involves a sound understanding of the benefits and values derived by society from NC and ecosystem services (ES). Scientific evidence to support this understanding is growing rapidly, but access to the data, methods, tools and expertise that underpins this evidence base is fragmented, particularly at the science - policy - practice interfaces. Two large EU research projects have therefore developed a joint knowledge platform - called Oppla - aimed at providing access to a wide range of resources on NC and ES. This new approach in the EU Research Area aims not only at integrating knowledge into one single platform, but also at making this knowledge operational amongst communities of science, policy and practice. Furthermore, it fosters the more efficient use of research funds by providing an open and freely available platform in which existing and new NC and ES projects can integrate their outcomes. This paper focuses on the knowledge integration and some guidance tools within Oppla to help users to find research outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)599-607
JournalEcosystem Services
Volume29
Issue numberpt. C
Early online date24 Nov 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2018

Keywords

  • Assessment tools and methods
  • Case study finder
  • Ecosystem services
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Web-platform

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