After the exciting summer months, we are happy to share with you the latest project news and insights!
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A few words from the Coordinator
Dear SELINA friends and collaborators,
It has been a pretty dynamic time for us in SELINA since our last newsletter in May, making significant Milestones and fostering fruitful collaborations.
In July, we were really excited to celebrate SELINA’s first anniversary. Considering what we have already achieved together within only one year, I extend my thanks to all SELINA partners for their commitment, support, and enthusiasm. We are motivated to continue our journey together towards supporting the protection, restoration, and sustainable use of our environment.
Earlier in May we successfully commenced the Communities of Practice (CoP) with our colleagues from the Baltic Environmental Forum Latvia and the Ministry of Environment Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia jointly organising the first meeting of the Latvian CoP.
In June, we achieved a significant project Milestone with the official launch of the SELINA Demonstration Projects (DPs). The online kick-off meeting attracted over 90 participants including SELINA consortium members and representatives of public institutions and private companies associated with the DPs.
After the summer, our engagement efforts continued with the second thematic SELINA workshop in Madrid at the beginning of October. The hybrid event brought together over 100 participants (15 of them online) from all 27 EU member states, Israel, Norway, the UK and Switzerland. I was really happy to witness that the 'seeds of change' that we planted during the workshop in Sofia, have started growing into tangible outcomes.
Over the past six months, SELINA partners actively participated in various scientific events (e.g. IPBES10 and GfÖ) and collaborated with relevant projects. I am pleased to also announce the publication of our first SELINA-supported research paper.
The accomplishments above show a promising progress and a significant leap forward in our collective mission. I am looking forward to meeting again at our next SELINA workshops and seeing our future achievements.
Prof. Dr. Benjamin Burkhard,
Call to action
Are you passionate about your work to integrate biodiversity and lessons from nature into all layers of society? Do you have a project using nature to change your living environment? Or are you using biodiversity and ecosystem indicators in your business process? Let us know!
We are looking for initiatives that challenge the status quo. For example, by altering decision-making processes in the public or private sector, changing market dynamics or conditions, redefining our understanding of human-nature interactions… In other words, initiatives that are (potential) ‘seeds’ of transformative change.
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Below, we present the recent events that have been organised by SELINA project consortium in order to engage with relevant stakeholders and spread awareness about the project. Also, we brief on the external events that our project partners have attended. Enjoy!
Advancing solutions (I): SELINA second thematic workshop in Madrid
The second SELINA thematic workshop took place from 2-5 October 2023 in Madrid, Spain, hosted by SELINA’s partner Rey Juan Carlos University. This hybrid event with the theme "Advancing solutions" (for mapping, assessment and accounting of ecosystems and their services) brought together over 100 participants.
PlanWise4Blue and its contribution to the SELINA Demonstration Project in Latvia
On 14 September 2023, a training on the use of the PlanWise4Blue platform took place in Sigulda, Latvia. The event was organised by the team of the ADRIENNE+ project (University of Tartu) in cooperation with the SELINA team from the Baltic Environmental Forum – Latvia. The platform will play a role in the implementation of SELINA’s Latvian Demonstration Project where the Baltic Environmental Forum is contributing with the recent data on marine ecosystem services for updating of national Maritime Spatial Plan.
SELINA and BioValue cooperate for transformative change
From 6 - 8 September 2023, the University of Trento hosted the second BioValue project meeting. During the meeting, a pivotal event took place as participants convened for a joint session with the SELINA project. The focus was to introduce the seven public SELINA's Demonstration Projects (DPs) highlighting their strategic importance for the project and for enhancing the uptake of ecosystem services information, and to showcase the progress of the DP collaboratively developed by the University and the Municipality of Trento.
A recent Nature’s publication assesses the values of nature to promote a sustainable future
A recent publication in the Nature journal, based on the IPBES Values Assessment, studies concepts that are referred to in SELINA’s work. The paper argues that there is an urgent need to understand how and why nature is (under)valued, to reconsider the prioritisation of a subset of values, particularly those linked to markets, and to ignore other ways people relate to and benefit from nature.
Breaking Boundaries: SELINA unleashes innovation through public and private Demonstration Projects
The SELINA project achieved a significant Milestone with the official launch of its Demonstration Projects (DPs), which was held online on 7 June 2023. Hosted online by Capitals Coalition (Netherlands) and the University of Trento (Italy), the meeting attracted over 90 participants including SELINA consortium members and representatives of public institutions and private companies associated with the DPs.
Beginning with this newsletter, we will present the SELINA Demonstration Projects (DPs). We will start with the public DPs, providing details about the scientific and policy partners involved, the main objective of the DP and the expected outcomes. A dedicated section about SELINA DPs is currently under development and will be accessible soon on the SELINA webpage.
DP01: Spanish National Strategy for Green Infrastructure and Ecosystem Restoration
Main objective: To identify green infrastructure elements at a national scale in response to national regulations and political processes, including the development of regional green infrastructure plans for the Autonomous Communities in Spain by 2024.
Expected outcome(s): Identifying hotspots of ecosystem services potential based on green infrastructure elements and delimitating areas in need of restoration or protection efforts according to their potential for ecosystem services supply, connectivity and biodiversity conservation.
Scientific partner: Rey Juan Carlos University (URJC)
Policy partner: Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO)
The objective of DP01 will be achieved through the active inclusion of diverse stakeholders, including the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge, the University Rey Juan Carlos, and representatives from the Spanish Autonomous Communities who will identify green infrastructure elements in their regions and design plans and strategies based on the scientific inputs that will be provided. The DP will provide a methodological guide that includes a Tier-based approach for selecting indicators and methodologies based on the purpose of the assessment. It will cover a wide range of ecosystem services, including provisioning (food, raw materials), regulating (climate and air quality), and cultural (recreational activities and ecotourism). Various methods will be employed to calculate service provision based on available data and resources, including direct, indirect, and modelling approaches.
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