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Case study

Assessment and mapping of ecosystem services of marine and inland waters in Estonia

Lesson learned
<p>It is possible to conclude on the basis of the conducted studies that residents highly value the benefits provided by nature and are willing to contribute financially to the maintenance and improvement of these benefits. In addition, it can be said, based on the case studies conducted, that the objective set at the start of the value assessment process, the ecosystem services determined, and the clear description of policy choices - what is assessed in terms of impact and change, and why - are of key importance. </p>
Contact details
Aija Kosk, Peipsi Center for Transboundary Cooperation

The general purpose of the project is to help stop the decrease of biodiversity in water bodies and damaging of ecosystems in the European Union by supporting the preservation and restoration of ecosystems and their services in Estonia. This was done through the development of methods for assessment and mapping of ecosystem services of Estonia's marine and inland waters.

Since the concept of ecosystem services follows a socio-economic approach, there is a high probability that the wider community understands better the need for conservation and protection of ecosystems. The project will be implemented in close cooperation and consultations with the European Union and Norwegian experts. Cooperation with Estonian research institutions and environmental agencies enables better protection of biodiversity at the regional level. The project 's overall aim is to contribute to decreasing biodiversity loss in riverine habitats and of ecosystems in the European Union.


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