MOVE Project, with an action coordinated by Fundo Regional da Ciência e Tecnologia along with Université de La Réunion and SeaSketch team, held last May 3th an online workshop entitled “Decision support tools – SeaSketch as a support to Spatial Planning focused on Ecosystem Services”.
The event, framed within MOVE Task 4.2, was attended by 13 regional stakeholders from Azores, with relevance in the areas of environment, biodiversity, land use and ecosystem services. Public entities like the Municipality of Angra do Heroísmo, the Regional Directorate for Environment and Climate Change (DRAAC), the Regional Directorate for Forest Resources (DRRF) and the Regional Directorate for Agriculture (DRAg), together with the regional research centers (CIBIO-Azores, GBA-cE3c, ITAA and Air Centre), the regional NGO’s ‘Os Montanheiros’ and SPEA, and the LabGeo- Engenharia e Geotecnologia, representing the private sector, marked their presence in the workshop.
This capacity building initiative kicked the discussion on the advantages and limitations of the decision support tools for the territory management, focused on ecosystem services.
For two hours, and after an introduction on the MOVE Project, the SeaSketch was introduced to the participants following a practical session, where all presents had the opportunity to operate the tool. In a second moment, the participants used SeaSketch to identify important areas for territory management, based on MOVE data in Terceira Island (Azores).
Fernando Santos-Martín, professor at king Juan Carlos University of Madrid (Spain), presented the main results and achievements of the MOVE project during the High Level Celebration Conference of the First European Union (EU) Wide Ecosystem Assessment, held in Helsinki, Finland, on 13 December 2019.
The objective of this event was to showcase how to integrate biodiversity and ecosystem services into public and private decision-making processes at all scales: local, national and continental level. It also aimed to highlight the policy relevance of the work done by the MAES (Mapping and Assessment of the State of Ecosystems and their Services) working group to the implementation of the European Green Agreement.
Among other commitments, the European Green Agreement sets as targets to be achieved by 2030 a minimum 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990 levels, a minimum 32% share of renewable energies in final energy consumption and energy savings of at least 32.5%. In addition, Europe will need to spend 1-2% of GDP on the green economy, including new infrastructure, public procurement, R&D, industrial reorganisation and other needs.
Representatives of all EU countries participated in the Helsinki High Level Conference, and the first results of the ecosystem assessment as a result of the work of the MAES under the EU Biodiversity Strategy were presented. They also discussed how this assessment of the current strategy will contribute to post-2020 biodiversity strategy for the EU.
The participation of MOVE Project in the meeting, with the presentation by Fernando, was highly positive in terms of the progress made in achieving the project’s main goals:
Fernando’ presentation focused particularly on the current state of art of ecosystem services research in ORs/OCTs, with focus on Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES).
The presentation highlighted that this information, knowledge and data are relevant for the implementation of Action 5 of Target 2 of the EU Biodiversity Strategy.
For further information: https://eu2019.fi/en/events/2019-12-13/ministry-of-the-environment-celebration-conference-on-mapping-and-assessment-of-ecosystems-and-their-services-maes-in-europe?fbclid=IwAR2xB2BZZMuWAStXVyEVbjzCCkiWkSU6delTJl_go2UvV9uujy9oWLE8x3U