JRC News

  1. 13 Mar 2015

    A recently published JRC report describes a methodological framework for the biophysical assessment and economic valuation of water ecosystem services in Europe.

    The methodology aims to help understand how multiple pressures can affect the delivery and value of such services. It is flexible, can be applied at different scales/locations and is easy to follow, presenting the basic concepts and assumptions to be established before the analysis, and a ‘shopping bag’ of appropriate tools to assess and value ecosystem services.

  2. 3 Mar 2015

    A JRC-organised session on coastal and marine ecosystem services generated a lot of interest and positive feedback from the participants at last month’s annual Association of the Sciences of Limnology & Oceanography (ASLO) 2015 meeting in Granada, Spain.

     

    This year’s ASLO meeting, the theme of which was “Aquatic Sciences: Global And Regional Perspectives — North Meets South”, was attended by more than 5 000 scientists from all over the world.

     

  3. 13 Nov 2014

    The United Nations Environment Programme has today released its Protected Planet Report 2014, of which JRC scientists are co-authors and contributors. The Report reviews progress towards the achievement of Aichi Biodiversity Target 11 of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), which aims to improve the status of biodiversity by safeguarding ecosystems, species and genetic diversity in protected areas.

     

  4. 17 Oct 2014

    In a recently published paper, JRC scientists estimated that in the European Union every 1% increase of artificial lands (roads, buildings) should be compensated with an increase of 2.2% of green infrastructure (natural or semi-natural areas) within the same region, in order to maintain ecosystem services at 2010 levels - the base year of the EU Biodiversity strategy to 2020. JRC scientists assessed the impacts of the current trends in land-use change on the provision of ecosystem services, using an ecosystem services index coupled with a land-use modelling platform.

  5. 2 Apr 2014

    For the third consecutive year since 2012, the European week of bees and pollinators (31 March – 2 April) is the occasion to raise the awareness of policy-makers and the general public about the importance of bees and the precious services offered by pollinators. This is particularly relevant given the upcoming operational application of the future common agricultural policy.

  6. 1 Apr 2014

    IES scientist Alessandro Cescatti is co-author of an article published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (PNAS) that shows how recent advances in space-based monitoring technology can greatly improve measurements of the photosynthetic output of cropland and grassland ecosystems.  This is of particular relevance at a time when the vulnerability of food and biofuel production in a changing climate is of paramount societal importance.

  7. 5 Dec 2013

    At the occasion of the World Soil Day international symposium in Paris, organised by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the French Soil Study Association (AFES), the JRC launched the French version of its European Atlas of Soil Biodiversity.

  8. 19 Nov 2009

    Nature's capacity to provide vital services and functions such as freshwater, benign climate and natural ecosystems for recreational activities is often cheaper to sustain than having to invest in technological solutions to compensate for lost functions. Protecting and restoring biodiversity is also an essential step in the transition to a more sustainable economy and protecting ecosystems can be a very cost effective measure to this purpose. This is confirmed by a report to policy makers presented by The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) project, a major independent global study providing an economic angle to an environmental topic.