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Making Nature Count



NATIONAL EXAMPLES SESSION The National Examples Session heard from Irish, Scottish, Dutch and Belgian representatives working on national-level natural capital initiatives. In a pre-recorded address, Ireland’s Ambassador to the United Nations also offered his thoughts on the global governance context. On the following pages, you can read short synopses of the talks, view the slides and watch the videos. Click on the photos below to jump straight to the relevant page. Ciaran O’Keeffe is the Principal Adivsor at the National Parks and Wildlife Service. His talk was titled ‘Ireland’s Approach to Managing Natural Capital’. Joop van Bodegraven, is Staff Officer (Nature and Biodiversity) at the Netherlands’ Ministry of Economic Affairs. His talk was titled ‘Making Natural Capital Count in the Netherlands’ Jo Pike is the Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Public Affairs at the Scottish Wildlife Trust. Her talk was titled ‘New opportunities, new priorities’ Maarten Stevens is Senior Scientist at the Research Institute for Nature and Forests (INBO), Belgium. His talk was titled ‘​Flanders regional ecosystem assessment: from concept to practice’ Ambassador David Donoghue is Ireland’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations. He co- Chaired the Sustainable Development Goals. His talk discusses natural capital from a global governance perspective 16 #MakeNatureCount

NATIONAL EXAMPLES SESSION “Natural capital demonstrates the benefits of nature for Ireland’s citizens” - Ciaran O’Keeffe, Principal Officer at the National Parks and Wildlife Service Click here for slides Ireland is making a good start, but we are still at an early stage. A collaborative approach is essential and the Irish Forum on Natural Capital brings together a unique range of skills and knowledge sets. Right now in Ireland, housing, jobs and flood mitigation are very high in the public priorities. Natural capital and ecosystem services provide an important opportunity to communicate the value of biodiversity and the need to maintain our natural capital stocks now. They demonstrate the short and long term multiple benefits of nature for Ireland’s citizens, such as bogs for carbon sequestration, native woodland and wetland management for flood attenuation. We have some great examples of how this approach can open dialogue with a wide range of stakeholders, such as the National Pollinator plan which was of immediate interest to the media, and is being supported by Bord Bia. Action 5 of the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020 calls Member States to map and assess the state of ecosystems and their services in their national territory with the assistance of the European Commission. The objective of this action is to ensure that biodiversity is considered in the formulation of policies across all sectors. NPWS commissioned a pilot study to map and assess a suite of prioritised ecosystem services using available national data and the ‘MAES’ conceptual framework. Potential stock of ecosystem services were mapped and assessed based on biophysical and management characteristics. Qualitative weightings were determined through consultation with experts and other stakeholders and which provided opportunity promotion of awareness and discussion. The project also aimed to identify key data and knowledge gaps. Key gaps include a national landcover and habitat map of higher resolution than CORINE, as well as data sources to be viable in the future, and suitable for scaling up to national level. Further work is required on mapping ecosystem condition nationally and to impacts on service provision and value of services. Next steps: In addition to extending the national pilot to a local pilot area, NPWS will also prioritise work on the Memorandum to Government on Natural Capital and the coordination of a new National Biodiversity Action Plan (2017-2021), which as with the previous plan will be strongly linked to natural capital within the context of the Ecosystems Approach. 17 #MakeNatureCount

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