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BEES workshop survey 2013

R
esponse overview
:
20

respondents (
Federal,
Walloon, Flemish; policy,
science)
, 36 workshop ideas

+
5
BEES
-
book ideas =

4
1

workshop ideas


Workshop
idea
number

Workshop topic

Why this topic?

Potential Belgian contributors

Target audience

1.


How to increase ESS attention
and work in policy agendas and
statistics institutes ?

ESS are still a young scientific
subject, there still lack enough
concrete realisations that
indubitably prove the policy
relevance of ESS to officials.
I
feel there is a circle to break,
from not enough
results/experiments and so no
case to receive financing to
prove the relevance, towards
early clear results/quick gains
that allow more research funds
to flow to increase ground
experimentations and so on.

BEES members

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Workshop
idea
number

Workshop topic

Why this topic?

Potential Belgian contributors

Target audience

2.


What concrete use of ESS in
governance at different scales
(local, regional, continental,
public and private)

Even if concrete experiments
and literature must still grow it is
maybe already possible to
predict the form an
d content of
elaborate ESS diagnostics and
tools and to imagine their
concrete use in policy making at
different levels (a subject that is
more about political sciences
and management than related to
technical aspects of ESS). This
reflexion could also inc
rease
policy relevance and attention
for ESS.

BEES members, real cases

Businessmen, politicians, local
and regional officials

3.


Legal aspects of ecosystem
services: management and
valuation in Belgium (or a
narrower topic, eg EIA and ES,
green infrastructu
re and ES, …)

Legal aspects include questions
such as: is the current legal
framework adequate, what is
the natural capital status in civil
law; what are the instruments
for ES planning, management
and valuation (EIA, SEA,…),
environmental liability,
compe
nsation/offsets; is new
legislation necessary; how will
you protect ecosystem services;
what about legal mechanisms for
payment of ecosystem services
etc.

Charles
-
Hubert Born

An Cliquet

Kathleen Mertens

Hendrik Schoukens

+

Bernard Vanheusden (?)

Geert Van
Hoorick (?)

Francis Haumont (?)

Delphine Misonne (?)

Lawyers (incl. judges), scientists,
administrations, policy makers,
NGOs, students,…

Workshop
idea
number

Workshop topic

Why this topic?

Potential Belgian contributors

Target audience

4.


Qualitative assessment of
cultural ecosystem services

Cultural services are only
sparsely being dealt with, esp.
th
ose which are difficult to be
qualified quantitatively.
However, these ESS are crucial
to people.

INBO (NARA
-
team), VUB (Rik De
Vreese)

scientific

5.


To define criteria and indicators
to compare potential impacts of
different agricultural systems
and practi
ces on ecosystem
functions and services.




6.


Do we have the corresponding
baseline indicators ? What to do
in absence of baseline ? Are
comparators always possible and
necessary ?




7.


Proposal of methodologies to
combine quantitative and
qualitative
valuation of ES in an
integrated evaluation.




8.


Proposal of methodologies for
an inclusive approach to
evaluate the value, to preserve,
manage, ecosystems services
that have different values,
needs, for various stakeholders.




Workshop
idea
number

Workshop topic

Why this topic?

Potential Belgian contributors

Target audience

9.


To define sustainability

criteria
and indicators for new
technologies and their products,
in particular biotechnologies and
GMOs ( broadly speaking, not
only GM plants and the
agricultural system ), in relation
to their potential impacts on
ecosystem functions and
services.




10.


Process
-
based modelling of
ecosystem services

Quantification of ES is important
for ecosystem management and
related decision and legislation

many potential contributors
from natural sciences,
agronomy, etc (e.g., from
University of Antwerp, VITO,
Universi
ty of Liège, etc)

mostly scientific community, but
also representatives from
various administrations

11.


Modelling ecosystem services

To get insight in the interaction
between the driving forces and
the impacts on ecosystem
services, modelling instruments
ca
n be helpful to integrate the
knowledge of different experts.
They moreover are a good basis
for simulating different scenarios
and get insight in the interaction
between different services

UA: Patrick Meire and team

VITO: Steven Broecx

ILVO: Jochen
Depestele and
others (cooperating with Jo
Dewulf on energy and material
flows)

UGent: Jo Dewulf and team, Kris
Verheyen and team

FUNDP: Frederik De Laender

+ International contributors

Jorn Scharlemann (UNEP, UK),

Matthias Liess (Germany, UFZ),


National
and international, both
scientists and potential users

Workshop
idea
number

Workshop topic

Why this topic?

Potential Belgian contributors

Target audience

12.


Cross pollination between
science and arts

Science has knowledge but not
always the means to bring
important messages across to
the general public. Many
problems of unsustainability
require deeper re
flection and
transdisciplinary dialogues to
eventually lead to social
innovation. Artists and creative
minds play an important role in
bridging this gap. Bringing
scientists and artists together
can stimulate mutual inspiration.

Frontrunners (movers and
sh
akers) from science and arts

Frontrunners (movers and
shakers) from science and arts

Workshop
idea
number

Workshop topic

Why this topic?

Potential Belgian contributors

Target audience

13.


Managing the tension between
thoroughly informing
communities (providing
information about benefits of
ecosystem services and places
where they are provided) and at
the
same time make them
shareholders who take
responsibility to act for
sustainable landscapes
(stakeholder's 'dreams').

This is crucial to make sure that
making local communities
responsible for common values
does not result in losing
biodiversity, cultural
landscape
assets and other values the
government has been
responsible for. Maximizing
space for involvement goes with
a loss of attention for ecosystem
services which could be of
relevance. Because of this trade
off, we have to find ways to
inform local st
akeholder groups
and still leave them space to
create their own preferences
and solutions.

GIFT
-
T! participants

http://www.gift
-
t.eu/


Workshop
idea
number

Workshop topic

Why this topic?

Potential Belgian contributors

Target audience

14.


Planning Green Infrastructure
requires an approach which links
two levels of spatial and
governance scale.

The first
reason is that
ecosystem services often require
cohesive regional scale Green
Infrastructure networks. The
second reason is that
environmental policy is made at
the national and regional level
and implemented at the local
level, where the social network
is

supposed to make the change.
Actors may also work at several
levels of scale: a multinational
enterprise for example.

GIFT
-
T! participants

http://www.gift
-
t.eu/


15.


Current valuation methods
(including the TMF method) are
usually based on fixed, generic
mo
netary values. A major issue
here is to which degree
valuation should be made
stakeholder and context specific.

Economic valuation seems to be
at least relevant for four
applications: (1) underpin
priority setting in vision building,
(2) to persuade
investment in
the project area, (3) to create a
basis for financial arrangements,
(3) to express the added value of
the outcome of the Green
Infrastructure process.

GIFT
-
T! participants

http://www.gift
-
t.eu/


Workshop
idea
number

Workshop topic

Why this topic?

Potential Belgian contributors

Target audience

16.


Ecosystem services are only
triggering action if actors
recognize their benefits they
could create by adapting the
Green Infrastructure.

But if and how they recognize
benefits and start action depend
on whether they expect that
their action fulfils a pers
onal goal
(for example earning money or
make a nice walk), whether the
action matches with the values
that they or the community of
which they form part perceive as
important (normative belief,
such as belief in sustainability or
in health as something goo
d),
and the degree to which they
can oversee and manage the
consequences of their action
(control belief).

GIFT
-
T! participants

http://www.gift
-
t.eu/


17.


Tools for valuing changes in
ecosystem services: a review

There is a large need for this kind
of tools

in decision making. How
can we make these so
scientifically sound as possible
but also user friendly and
answering the needs of the
different users

VITO

INBO

Nicolas?

LNE, cel milieu
-
economie

Policy makers, consultants,
industry… users of the tools

Workshop
idea
number

Workshop topic

Why this topic?

Potential Belgian contributors

Target audience

18.


ES

in EIA and SEA

The added value of impact and
dependency assessments on ES
for EIA and SEA has received
much attention. Although EIA
and SEA constitute an important
step towards reducing
environmental impacts, their
current narrow focus on
mitigating impac
ts fails to
illustrate the benefits of
investing in green capital. The
cost of trade
-
offs and the loss of
natural capital is yet to be
assessed. Additionally project
and plan dependence on
biodiversity and ES is not
addressed. Increased scarcity of
environ
mental resources
requires looking beyond solely
mitigating environmental
impacts, to include the value of
ecosystems in alternative
planning scenarios.


FUNDP, UCL, INBO

MER
-
dienst (LNE), CWEDD

Workshop
idea
number

Workshop topic

Why this topic?

Potential Belgian contributors

Target audience

19.


Corporate ES review

Business risks and opportunities
associated to ES impacts and
dependencies are yet unclear in
Belgium. A better overview of
businesses successfully using the
ES tool for their daily operations
is necessary to allow for
exchange of lessons learned.

INBO,VI
TO,UA,FUNDP,UCL,UGEN
T…

Consultancies, Businesses

20.


Scientific gap analysis and
suggested research agenda

One of the main reasons to have
a BEES community is to keep
track of what we know and what
we don’t know about ecosystem
services in Belgium, to
provide a
state of the art of Belgian
knowledge.

It is important to know where to
guide our efforts and resources.

Scientific part of the BEES
community of practice

Research institutions and
governments

Workshop
idea
number

Workshop topic

Why this topic?

Potential Belgian contributors

Target audience

21.


Ecosystem services and health

The health issue migh
t become
one of the prime motivators for
the use of green infrastructure,
especially in an urban
environment.

Still links between ecosystem
services, biodiversity and public
health are shaky. This needs to
be addressed.

Besides that, the BEES
community ne
eds to be
expanded with practitioners in
the field of public health.

?

BEES community of practice

Public health stakeholders and
competent authorities

22.


Evaluating ecosystem services in
agriculture

The amount or even the order of
magnitude of several ES
are not
known in Belgian agriculture.
This is particularly the case for
biological nitrogen fixation,
pollination of crops, contribution
of natural enemies of pests

Nicolas Dendoncker, Marc
Dufrêne, Sander Jacobs, Dirk
Reheul,
Monica Höfte, Guy
Smagghe, Lu
c Tirry,
Eric
Haubruge, Marc Lateur, Thierry
Hance, Alain Peeters, ….

Decision makers in
agriculture/environment,
Farmer’s advisory services,
technicians, scientists, Farmer’s
Union, teacher in agricultural
schools, journalists

Workshop
idea
number

Workshop topic

Why this topic?

Potential Belgian contributors

Target audience

23.


Governance arrangements
for
sustaining intrinsic motivations
to protect ecosystem services

Current ecosystem assessment
models are heavily relying on the
management of extrinsic
motivations. While these
motivations play an important
role, there is a large body of
empirical data s
howing the high
explanatory role of intrinsic
motivations. These can interact
with extrinsic motivations in a
mutually
-
reinforcing or
mutually
-
undermining fashion. It
is therefore important to explore
the governance structures that
tend to generate mutuall
y
-
reinforcing action.

Belgian Biodiversity Platform,
university research centres,
Belgian teams involved in
research projects (FP7, ERC, LIFE
etc.) on relevant subjects.

Academic community, policy
-
makers, NGOs.

Workshop
idea
number

Workshop topic

Why this topic?

Potential Belgian contributors

Target audience

24.


Quantification of (changes in)
ecosystem se
rvices at field and
landscape level: how to
monitor?

More and more, policy makers
and field practitioners think of
using the ES concept as a
framework to evaluate the
effects of field measures (land
use changes or restoration
measures) in an integrated way
,
enabling looking at trade
-
offs of
choices and hence reach an
optimum. However, do we have
enough tools to correctly
measure and monitor such
changes in ES? For which ES
(not)? Which indicators might be
used? How much time is
needed?

?

Mainly scientists (
ecologists,
agronomists, ...)

Workshop
idea
number

Workshop topic

Why this topic?

Potential Belgian contributors

Target audience

25.


Interactions between
eutrophication and ES

The risks of eutrophication
(through nitrate and phosphate
leaching) for environmental
quality (and more specifically
water quality) remains a hot
topic with plenty of challenges
and a growing need to work in
an integrated way (seeing the
threat of eutroph
ication within a
wider context of soil and water
management). It is therefore
relevant to look at (1) impact of
eutrophication on a wide range
of ES, but (2) also the other way
round: possibilities of ES to
tackle eutrophication

?

Scientists, policy maker
s,

26.


Belgian Panel on Biodiversity and
Ecosystem Services (BePBES)

Establishing a working group to
facilitate the contribution of
Belgian stakeholders (s.l.) in
IPBES work plan and activities

All BEES partners

Scientists, policy makers, NGOs,
….


27.


Bayesian belief networks as a
tool for science/policy
integration

BBN’s are flexible tools that
allow to assess ES in a
transparent and
comprehensible, yet scientific
underpinned way. They allow
stakeholder participation during
the development process as w
ell
as with the application of the
model.

ECOBE (Katrien Van der Biest,
Jan Staes, Dirk Vrebos), UGent
(Dries Landuyt), INBO (Sander
Jacobs), VITO (Dries Landuyt,
Steven Broekx)

Scientists, stakeholders, policy
makers

Workshop
idea
number

Workshop topic

Why this topic?

Potential Belgian contributors

Target audience

28.


Sustainability by participation:
Les
sons learned from
participatory approaches for the
management of ecosystems and
their services in the
multifunctional landscapes of
Belgium


There are several levels of
involving stakeholders in
regional development.
However, some organisations go
much f
urther than the legal
required consultation round. A
few organisations experimented
by themselves in order to
achieve more public acceptance,
and hence better sustainable
solutions.

Catchment development
secretariats, forest owners
associations, land
-
u
se
organisation (VLM), regional
landscape organisations, Eco2,
INBO,…

Bringing such expertise together
would be very useful for all
agencies, municipalities &

provinces, NGOs involved in
sustainable land management,
and could provide useful
suggestions for policy making,..

29.


Green versus grey: Sharing
experiences on how green (more
nature
-
based) and grey (more
infrastructure
-
based) solutions
can be compared and applied

Advanced pollution and
environmental degradation
makes that infrastructural
solutions to recover lost
ecosy
stem services are usually
very expensive. In this
workshop it can be explored
under which circumstances
green solutions (or ‘green
infrastructure’) can provide a
viable alternative, and how they
can provide additional
ecosystem services. The
methodologi
cal assessments of
such comparisons (e.g. MKBA)
also need some careful scrutiny.

VITO, consultants, Rolinde
Demeyer (INBO), ECOBE,….

Administrations, municipalities &
provinces, harbours, NGOs
involved in sustainable land
management,…

Workshop
idea
number

Workshop topic

Why this topic?

Potential Belgian contributors

Target audience

30.


Green4Health: The

importance
of green for mental and physical
health

The positive aspects of nature on
physical and mental health is
studied rarely. This research
domain brings together
ecological, sociological and
medical expertise, and its results
can be very important

for city
and open space planning . The
results can also be very relevant
for vulnerable groups with
chronical diseases. Moreover,
investment in green for health
can potentially provide
opportunities for biodiversity .

Ann Van Herzele (INBO), VITO,
Lies
beth Vranken (KUL), Sophie
Vanwambeke (UCL), Tim Nawrot
(UH), Dirk Avonts (UG),…

Municipalities, Forest agency,
health organisations, Nature
organisations, Administrations,..

31.


Aliens are attacking us!: Possible
strategies to deal with new
invasive species

in Belgium

The last decade, the population
of certain mammals species (e.g.
fox, wild boar, beaver,..) and
some birds (e.g. wood pigeon)
have exploded. While non
-
affected people welcome their
surge, not everyone is pleased.
In our heavily used open sp
ace,
these species can quickly disturb
some existing balances and
affect wild biodiversity. A main
challenge is how to find a social
acceptable and ecological viable
way to deal with these surges.

Jim Casaer & co (INBO), Ann Van
Herzele & Ilse Simoens (IN
BO),
ANB, Natuurpunt, HVV, BB,…

Involved administrations,
affected stakeholders, sector
representatives,…

Workshop
idea
number

Workshop topic

Why this topic?

Potential Belgian contributors

Target audience

32.


TEEB Flanders Feasibility Study:
discussion of findings and
options for next steps

Discuss the findings of the study
in a broad community of policy
workers, scientists and other
stakeholders, as part of of a
process that could lead to a TEEB
Flanders.

Wouter Van Reeth (INBO) &
Jeroen Panis (ANB) to present
the study. Followed by round
ta
ble, panel discussion, or other
format, depending on the size of
the audience.

Representatives of Flemish
policy domains, of stakeholders
related to those domains, and of
expert centres that were
involved in collecting material
for the study.

33.


Ecosystem s
ervices: what’s next?
What are the aims of using ESS
for the organisations?

I suppose that every
organisation wants to reach
something by using ESS. I would
like to know what and get a
analysis or summary of that.

Organisations who want to use
ESS. Ex.
AN
B, VMM, INBO,
comparable organizations in
other regions.

Policy, science, others?

34.


The development of
‘sustainable’ criteria including
biodiversity and ecosystem
services and indicators in the
context of bio
-
based product
(products made with a part of or
fully biomass).




35.


The impacts and
dependences

of
biodiversity and ecosystem
services of key market players
such as businesses, consumers,
trade unions… in order to take
into account biodiversity and ES
in their products and services




Workshop
idea
number

Workshop topic

Why this topic?

Potential Belgian contributors

Target audience

36.


We know already

a lot of effects
of CC on biodiversity and
ecosystems but, as consequence,
what is the effects on ES and on
the economy, health, poverty …
?




37.


Ecosystem Services, a mission
oriented discipline?
Construction
of an ethical framework for a
shared vision
and evaluation of
practice

Based on the BEES contributions
to the upcoming BEES book



38.


Risks involved in monetization

Based on the BEES contributions
to the upcoming BEES book



39.


How to operationalize ES in
agriculture?

Based on the BEES contributions
to the upcoming BEES book



40.


The need for
i
ntegrated
valuation

Based on the BEES contributions
to the upcoming BEES book



41.


ES governance

Based on the BEES contributions
to the upcoming BEES book