Research Projects

Baronnies Provençales – France

InDySEM (Influence des dynamiques écologiques des services écosystémiques marins)

Influence of ecological dynamics on the production and demand of marine ecosystem services. A systematic review for decision support.

The objective of the systematic review is to identify and analyse the interactions between marine biodiversity and human societies in order to identify how ecological dynamics, whether natural or linked to anthropogenic forcings, affect the production and demand of marine ES.

The InDySEM project brings together specialists in ecology, socio-anthropology and economics to study the dynamics of marine biodiversity and socio-ecosystems.

This research is funded by the CESAB synthesis centre of the French Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (FRB;

MAIA (Mapping and Assessment for Integrated ecosystem Accounting)

MAIA aims to promote the mainstreaming of natural capital accounting in EU Member States and Norway. In MAIA, we use the United Nations System of Environmental Economic Accounting – Experimental Ecosystem Accounting (SEEA-EEA) as the methodological basis for natural capital accounting (NCA). The project is being implemented in 11 countries, with 20 partners.

MAIA will to assess policy priorities for accounting, to test, pilot and mainstream NCA in EU MS, to test innovative approaches for NCA in the European context and to support NCA in EU Member states through strong communication.

Integrative Management of Green Infrastructures Multifunctionality, Ecosystem integrity and Ecosystem Services

The IMAGINE project team supports the idea that sustainable territorial management requires a transition from the management of natural resources that degrades the ecological integrity of ecological systems to an adaptive management that preserves it while improving human wellbeing.

With 6 partners from 5 countries and 6 case study sites, IMAGINE aims at quantifying the multiple functions, ecosystem services and benefits provided by Green Infrastructures and has as main objectives

▪️ Using a multidisciplinary approach across six case study territories spanning a European north-south gradient from the boreal zone to the Mediterranean, the proposed project IMAGINE aims at quantifying the multiple functions, ecosystem services and benefits provided by Green Infrastructures (GI) in different contexts from rural to urban.

▪️ We aim to demonstrate an integrative assessment of GI multifunctionality and biocapacity to deliver ES and to propose options to manage and design GI from patch to landscape

▪️ We will contribute to developing innovative approach to support ecosystems resilience, sustainable essential ecosystem services flows and contributing to human wellbeing to meet EU policy targets.

▪️ Identify and improve positive governance and regulation mechanisms to support these goals

The project started in Mars 2017 and ends in November 2020.

ESMERALDA – Enhancing ecosystem services mapping for policy and decision making

In response to the requirements of the EU Biodiversity Strategy’s Target 2 Action 5, ESMERALDA aimed to deliver a flexible methodology to provide the building blocks for pan-European and regional ecosystem services mapping and assessment. The work ensure the timely delivery to EU member states in relation to Action 5, supporting the needs of assessments in relation to the requirements for planning, agriculture, climate, water and nature policy. This methodology was built on existing ES projects and databases (e.g. MAES, OpenNESS, OPERAs, national studies), the Millennium Assessment (MA) and TEEB. ESMERALDA identified relevant stakeholders and take stock of their requirements at EU, national and regional levels.

The project went between February 2015 to July 2018.