Title: Mainstreaming ecosystem services for policy implementation: from mapping to resilience
Abstract: After more than a decade of the introduction of the ecosystem services concept, it has now percolated into the business world, national and regional environmental policies (e.g. CBD, EU biodiversity strategy and IPBES) and the accounting community. Much work has focused on mapping (e.g. Mapping and assessment of ecosystem services (MAES)) with the development of frameworks for mapping and valuing ecosystem services. Others include finding indicators for meeting multiple policy goals, understanding economic consequences of ecosystem service degradation and working toward understanding links between biodiversity and ecosystem services and associated human well-being. While great strides have been made in this regard, a lot more needs to be done for the impacts of our research to be felt by communities in rural areas and cities who are vulnerable to the impacts of land degradation and climate change. In this presentation I will give an overview of the integration of ecosystem services into European Union policies. In particular, I will explain the development of a framework for mapping water scarcity and the use of existing biodiversity policies to enhance ecosystem service provision while meeting multiple objectives. I will end by introducing work we are doing in South Africa on the integration of ecosystem services into planning and how the new concept of resilience can be operationalised in planning.