SELINA will provide guidance for evidence-based decision-making that supports the protection, restoration, and sustainable use of our environment. Through a collaboration of experts from 50 partner organisations from all 27 EU member states, Norway, Switzerland, Israel, and the United Kingdom, SELINA will set new standards for international cooperation to promote Ecosystem Services (ES) and Biodiversity (BD) conservation and enhance Ecosystem Conditions (EC).
Providing robust practical information and recommendations to stakeholders from both the public and private sectors, SELINA will pave the way towards the transformative societal change required to achieve the ambitious goals of the European Biodiversity Strategy 2030 and the Green Deal.
What: Identify BD, EC, and ES factors that can be successfully integrated into public and private sectors' decision-making processes How: Facilitate and harness knowledge-sharing and co-production via EU-wide workshops and multi-disciplinary Communities of Practice
What: Develop, test, and integrate new and existing knowledge, including methodological approaches to improve BD, EC, and ES information uptake by decision-makers How: Build a fit-for-purpose knowledge base about mapping and assessing terrestrial and aquatic EC, their ES, and links between them that apply to various decision-making contexts
What: Demonstrate how enhanced collaboration between science, private, and public stakeholders facilitates BD, EC, and ES integration in evidence-based decision-making How: Organise Demonstration Projects on BD, EC, and ES integration in decision-making and co-create a Compendium of Guidance with representatives from science, society, and the public and private sectors
What makes SELINA unique
A multinational transdisciplinary network of professionals ranging from ecologists, economists, and social scientists to decision-makers of all levels
A compilation of the most complete and up-to-date knowledge base on ES, integrating new and existing knowledge built through various EU projects and global initiatives
Practical, fit-for-purpose recommendations with real-world applications in policy making and business decisions
An unprecedented opportunity for smart, cost-effective and nature-based solutions to historic societal challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and food security
Coordination & project integration
Efficient, strong and transparent coordination and management of the whole R & I Action and dedicated resources;
Coordination and integration of the outcomes of the project to ensure coherent and timely implementation;
Robust information flows within and between different WPs, with a special focus on the supply of necessary data and information for WPs 8 and 9 and their final application in evidence-based policy- and decision-making.
Insights into the factors behind the successful integration of BD, EC, and ES knowledge into public and private decision-making;
Facilitation of knowledge exchange and learning processes among science, policy, NGOs, businesses, citizens, and other relevant societal actors, aiming to advance BD and ES-focussed decision-making;
Development of tailor-made materials providing guidance on best practices for upscaling BD and ES research integration in decision-making processes.
Ecosystem type, biodiversity & condition mapping and assessment
Development and testing of methodologies to map and assess terrestrial and aquatic ecosystem condition to support the EU implementation of the System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA), the legally binding restoration targets in BDS, and the better integration of ecosystem condition in public and private decision-making;
Advancement of the sustainability of the EU economy and human well-being via the definition of minimum criteria for ecosystems to achieve or maintain high ecological integrity and good EC.
Ecosystem services mapping and assessment
Refinement of the ES knowledge base that is available from prior EU Actions, such as MAES, ESMERALDA, MAIA, and INCA, by diagnosing, developing and testing the capabilities of existing ES assessment approaches models, and indicators, aiming to increase the likelihood of their uptake in the decision-making processes of key actors such as public administrations, civil society, businesses, NGOs and other relevant institutions throughout Europe.
Connection of emerging insights in EC and ES supply and use to the UN System of Environmental-Economic Accounting (SEEA) Ecosystem Accounting approach;
Facilitation of the inclusion of said insights in the integrated assessment process (WP6) and decision-making (WPs 8 & 9).
Appropriate integration of the SELINA outcomes regarding the understanding of ecosystems and their services (SELINA Strand B);
Provision of support to application- and decision-making-related WPs (Strand C);
Incorporation of the knowledge and needs from different stakeholders engaged in Strand A and WP2;
Production of comparable knowledge and operational databases for efficient evidence-based decision-making in support of specific decision-making questions and different stakeholders’ needs.
Dissemination and knowledge sharing
Increase of the efficiency, outreach and impact of SELINA’s work via appropriate communication of the project’s messages among various stakeholder groups;
Dissemination of the research results according to FAIR principles;
Advancement of the active exchange of knowledge among concerned parties across the Consortium and beyond, including policy makers, researchers, business and industry leaders, and civil society.
Supporting evidence-based public decision-making
Development of real-world innovative examples (Demonstration Projects (DPs)) of how knowledge on BD, ecosystems and ES can be used to support evidence-based public decision-making processes (from projects to plans and policies) in a range of sectors, including urban and regional development, agriculture, energy, marine spatial planning, forest and nature conservation, green infrastructures and ecosystem restoration.
Supporting evidence-based private decision-making
Alignment of BD and ES science outputs with existing private sector decision-making frameworks to encourage uptake;
Evidence provision on ES assessment protocols and standards effectively applied in private sector decision-making;
Scale-up of the use of the ES concept, natural capital applications, and other private-sector decision-making tools promoting sustainability and well-being;
Practical support for the uptake and application of the value provided by ES in private-sector decision-making.
Science-Policy-Society Platform for guidance development
Design and implementation of a mechanism for the co-creation of knowledge;
Provision of insight into the rights and duties in the protection, restoration, and use of ecosystems and their services;
Organisation of four annual European and international dialogue events between science, policy, business, and society, focusing on evidence-based guidance as produced by the project;
Co-creation of a comprehensive and applicable Compendium of Guidance.
This work package sets out the ethics requirements that the project must comply with.