Symposium on Mapping Ecosystem Services

A symposium on mapping ecosystem services in Ireland will be held on February 16th 2015. Register now!  

The sustainable management of our natural capital, facilitated by mapping and assessing the condition of our ecosystems and the provision of ecosystem services, is now a national and international imperative under various strategies and plans*. A Working Group on Mapping and Assessment on Ecosystems and their Services (MAES) was established under the EU Common Implementation Framework to provide support for countries to map and assess the state of ecosystems and their services in the national territory.

To support the initiation of the MAES process in Ireland and the Irish Forum on Natural Capital, a Symposium on Mapping Ecosystem Services in Ireland, jointly organised by the National Biodiversity Data Centre, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, will be held in Waterford IT on the 16th February, 2015. The aim of the symposium is to explore the technical challenges involved in national ecosystem assessment and ecosystem service mapping, as well as the identification of existing data and data needs within Ireland.

A detailed programme for the event will be released soon. The list of confirmed speakers includes:

Dr. Leon Braat, Senior Researcher of International Biodiversity Policy, Alterra Wageningen-UR, the Netherlands; Project Co-ordinator of “Mapping of Ecosystems and their Services in the EU and its Member States (MESEU)” for DG Environment.

Dr. Nicola Beaumont, Environmental Economist with a focus on ecosystem services in the marine environment, Plymouth Marine Laboratory.

Dr. Craig Bullock, Environmental Economist manager of Optimize Ltd. and Research Fellow in the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy, UCD.

To register for the event, please visit the National Biodiversity Data Centre event page. The €20 registration fee is non-refundable and payable in advance.


* National: Actions for Biodiversity 2011-2016, Target 3; International: EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020, Action 5; CBD Strategic Plan 2011-2020, Target 2.