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New EU Horizon 2020 project MAIA started

MAIA (Mapping and Assessment for Integrated ecosystem Accounting) aims to mainstream natural capital and ecosystem accounting (NCA) in EU Member States.

The work is carried out in the context of the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2020 Target 2 Action Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services (MAES). Thus, MAIA is a direct follow-up project of the ESMERALDA project. MAIA uses the System of Environmental Economic Accounting – Experimental Ecosystem Accounting (SEEA-EEA) as the methodological basis for NCA. The SEEA EEA is a system for NCA developed under auspices of the UN Statistical Commission, and provides a consistent framework for analysing and storing information on ecosystem assets and flows of ecosystem services. The SEEA is part of the System of National Accounts, used by statistical agencies world-wide for the production of economic and other statistics. In MAIA, a flexible approach will be followed, allowing for adaptation of the SEEA EEA framework to the conditions of the individual EU Member States. The work will be based on the detailed, recent technical recommendations in support of Experimental Ecosystem Accounting recognising the experimental status of the SEEA EEA approach.

The PhyGeo is recruiting staff for MAIA, see job advertisement.

Link: SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounting: https://unstats.un.org/unsd/envaccounting/eea_project/default.asp