Date request received: April/2020
End of Call for Knowledge (CfK): 11/12/2020
Call for experts (CfE): open call (until 12/05/2021)
The first step of the mitigation hierarchy consists in avoiding that a project, a plan or a program negatively affects biodiversity, including ecosystem services. In practice, the implementation of the hierarchy shows that the first step is neither correctly applied nor well-documented. A common mistake is the lack of consideration for ecosystem services at the “avoid” (but not only) stage of the hierarchy. Knowledge gap does not seem to explain this state of play, because the scientific community developed many tools and methods to assess ecosystem services over the last decades. We advocate that the development of a simple, ready-to-use decision-making tool could increase the consideration for ecosystem services. A preliminary step should clarify whether and in which way the consideration of ecosystem services is fostering the preservation of biodiversity. The Eklipse approach would be very useful to review and synthesise the existing practices in EU member states.
The Document of Work (DoW) described the results of the scoping activities as well as the background of the request and was the basis for the call for experts.