After the Portugal experiences, Georgina Mace talked about the novelilty of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UK-NEA). Important points of the UK NEA highlighted: 1) separating goods from ecosystem services and 2) considering biodiversity NOT as an ecosystem service, rather an aspect taken into account on many levels- ecosystem functions, ecosystem services and goods levels.
The scenario exercise showed that an ecosystem service-centred scenario is the optimal to reach human well-being while maximizing the preserved biodiversity.
Finally, Anne Teller from the DG Environment summarized the current EU processes. According to the EU Biodiversity Strategy: “By 2020, ecosystems and their services are maintained and enhanced by establishing green infrastructure and restoring at least 15% of degraded ecosystems”. Members states should complete their national ecosystem assessment by 2014 - well, an ambitious aim, but also a tool for pushing national governments.
|Anne Teller and András Báldi at the SCB-ES booth|