This week the Naturetrade project officially started with a kick off meeting at European Union offices in Copenhagen. The project is being led by the University of Oxford with the support of the Sylva Foundation.
Dr Peter Long (University of Oxford) and Alistair Yeomans (Sylva Foundation) attended the meeting, and gave a presentation on the scope of this EU match-funded project.
BACKGROUND and AIMS:
This project will run for 5 years and aims to develop a web-based system that enables EU landowners to assess the provision of ecosystem services on their land, and then trade these services.
MAIN EU POLICIES TARGETED:
The main EU policies that the work aims to help address are:
- Reduction of loss of EU natural habitats (Directive 92/43/EEC)
- Sustainable economic growth by maintaining ecosystems and their services (COM(2011)17)
- Active involvement of EU citizens in biodiversity conservation (COM(2011)244 final)
In the coming weeks a project webpage will be launched with full details of the research.