Assessment and mapping of ecosystem services
Project name: Development of methods for assessment and mapping of ecosystem services of marine and inland waters
Funder: EEA Grants and Norway Grants
Project duration: july 2014 – march 2016
Project manager: Peipsi Center for Transboundary Cooperation
Estonian University of Life Sciences
University of Tartu, Estonian Marine Institute
Institute of Ecology at Tallinn University
Stockholm Environment Institute Tallinn Centre,
Estonian Environment Agency
Norwegian Institute for Nature Research
The project 's overall aim is to contribute to decrease of biodiversity loss in riverine habitats and of ecosystems in the European Union.
To reach the goals:
- the methodologies of mapping and assessing marine and inland water ecosystem services will be developed
- list of environmental indicators for monitoring ecosystem services will be compiled
- monetary values of pilot water bodies will be found
- recommendations for the assessment methods for ecosystem services will be worked out.
These first level outcomes are needed, to move on with the next steps in achieving biodiversity strategic objectives can be taken.
Important part of the project is to disseminate information, to increase public awareness on biodiversity and ecosystem service in Estonia. Since the concept of ecosystem services follows socio-economic approach, there is a high probability that the wider community understands better the need for conservation and protection of ecosystems. Project will be implemented in close cooperation and consultations with the European Union and Norwegian experts. Special attention will be paid to the cooperation with Estonian research institutions and environmental agencies, which allows to achieve better results in the protection of biodiversity at regional level.
Ecosystems and their services
An ecosystem is a dynamic complex of plant, animal, and microorganism communities and the non livingenvironment, interacting as a functional unit (http://www.unep.org/maweb/documents/document.300.aspx.pdf).
Humans are an integral part of ecosystems.
1. Kick-off seminar; 30 Septmber 2014, in Tallinn
EU and Estonia; challenges – where and how to meet each other -Iiska van Dijk
Ecosystem services from Norwegian watersheds – assessment and valuation- Odd Terje
2. Monthly project partner meetings
3. Focus groups with stakeholders - February-September 2015
4. Study tour to Norway, partner meeting in Trondheim - April 2015.
5. Project final conference; 24 November in Tartu. Program
6. Project final report, summary in English
Partner meeting in Trondheim; 22 April 2015:
1. Introduction - Aija Kosk, Peipsi CTC
2.Estonian lakes. Relations between lake services and status - Ingmar Ott, Estonian University of Life Sciences.
4. Assessment and mapping of ecosystem services Rivers - Sirje Vilbaste
5. Ecosystem indicators - Jaanus Terasmaa
7. Integrated assessment of ecosystem services –a case study of lake eutrophication; David N. Barton(NINA), Alexander Engebretsen(UiO), Koji Tominaga(UiO, Jannicke Moe (NIVA), Eirik Romstad (UMB)