The EEA has developed a survey to review current policy instruments and approaches for ecosystem based management, in all EEA member and cooperating countries.
Required documentation is available here: Survey on ecosystem-based management: policy instruments and approaches in EEA member and collaborating countries (pdf version here).
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Country coordinators are kindly asked to upload the country answer to the survey in the corresponding country folder below. We advise you to give meaningful titles to the uploaded files (e.g. AUSTRIA_survey on ecosystem-based management_date), since it is the title that will appear when you upload a file.
CONTACTS: Valérie Laporte, EEA, firstname.lastname@example.org, Tel: +45 33 36 71 47
Ecosystem-based management aims at managing human activities and the use of the natural capital, in order to allow for the sustainability of essential ecosystem services. It is not a new concept, and it is therefore expected that different countries have developed and experienced their own tools and approaches.
Recent policy developments at EU and international levels have emphasised the importance of ecosystem services for the economy and human well-being, and call for new policy tools and instruments to “deliver smart, sustainable and inclusive growth” and to “address environmental issues with a more coherent and integrated approach”.
We expect that at this early stage of the policy process, the showcases of national experience can provide valuable inputs to support and influence the on-going policy processes at EU level (EU Biodiversity Strategy 2020, and other initiatives to improve EU policy coherence and coordination), and possibly at international level (Global Strategic Plan for Biodiversity 2011-2020, Sustainable Development Goals). In addition, we hope that this initiative will provide information that can also help the developments at country level.
This survey is partly inspired from a resource efficiency survey conducted by the EEA in 2011, in the context of the elaboration of the EU’s resource efficiency flagship initiative.
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