The EU’s economic prosperity and well-being is underpinned by its natural capital, which includes the natural ecosystems that provide essential goods and services. Knowledge concerning the flow of benefits from ecosystems has grown considerably in recent years, encouraged by the work on the economics of ecosystems and biodiversity (TEEB) and the earlier Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (MA).
Building on this approach, this study provided a first assessment of the benefits of the Natura 2000 network, the EU’s network of areas of high biodiversity value.
The project estimated the value of the Natura 2000 network by adopting the “ecosystem services” framework, based on the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment and The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB, 2010 and 2011).
SolutionMarine and terrestrial ecosystems
Dates2010 – 2011
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