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Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services, 27 – 28 May 2015

We are pleased to welcome you to the EEA Grants/European Conference on Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services, in Trondheim, Norway, 27 - 28 May 2015. The conference is organized by the Norwegian Environment Agency and funded by the EEA and Norway Grants.

Arena for increased European cooperation

The main bases for the conference are the Aichi targets for 2020 under the Convention on biological diversity (CBD), the EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020, and the UN project on Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB). The conference will also be aligned to work under the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and the EU working group on Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES).

The conference will be an arena for learning, sharing experiences and best practices, and for discussing policy guidelines, methodology and practical approaches related to mapping and assessment of ecosystems and their services. In addition, the conference will be a platform for increased European cooperation on mapping and assessment of ecosystems and their services, in particular within the framework of the EEA and Norway Grants.

Participation

Kindly note that the conference is by invitation only. Restrictions on participation per invited institution may apply.

Participants are expected to include relevant key institutions; i.a. from the EU Commission, the Financial Mechanism Committee of the EEA and Norway Grants, the European Environment Agency in Copenhagen, from the EU working group on Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services, and invited speakers from other EU countries.

In addition, we want especially to invite Programme Operators, project promoters and partners from the 7 EU countries that have chosen to implement relevant biodiversity and ecosystem services programs under the EEA and Norway Grants; that is Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania and Slovenia. Relevant Norwegian participants from ministries and directorates, research institutions and universities will also be invited.

Expenses

The Norwegian Environmental Agency will cover all expenses related to lunches and daily snacks/coffee/tea during the two conference days, as well as conference dinner at the hotel Britannia in the evening of May 27th. We will also cover all expenses related to a social event in the afternoon of May 27th.

The delegates from the seven specially invited countries are expected to pay themselves for transport to and from Trondheim, and for their hotel expenses, including breakfasts. For invited speakers from other parties the Norwegian Environmental Agency will cover all expenses related to the conference.

Program and Contact

Program

Conference Chairs Report

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For further information or questions about the conference programme, please contact Mr. Svein Båtvik

For questions related to the conference, please contact Ms. Kristin Sundal