On January 15, 2020, prof. dr Paulo Pereira, the leader of the LINESAM project, presented the project results in a conference organized by association “Baltic Coasts” in Riga, Latvia. The conference was organized under the LIFE project “Ecosystem Services”. For more details see here. The status of Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystem Services was presented by different countries of Baltic region, such as Finland, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania. The meeting was followed by a discussion with the participants that represented different stakeholders (NGO’s, government, researchers).
A new article has been published with LINESAM project collaboration focused on integrating preferences and social values in local ecological management in China. The study was based on a Public Participatory Geographic Information System (PPGIS) approach and aimed to understand the ecosystem services perceptions of different stakeholders (e.g., Farmers, Government Managers/Experts, Company Employes) after a mega ecological restoration project in Xiaojiang Basin. The results showed that Farmers and company employees valued more Landscape beauty, while Government managers/Experts had a high preference for climate change regulation service. The full version of the paper can be consulted here.
The popular science publication was released on the basis of extended video interviews with the LINESAM project partners and stakeholders. The article discusses broad variety of topics that cover the concept of Ecosystem Service, its value to policy makers and general population, project resources presentation and more. The press release can be found in LINESAM website under “Documents” section. It is originally posted online in Mykolas Romeris University website.
On 8th of November, 2019, LINESAM research team participated in the third meeting with the main project stakeholder – The Ministry of Environment. Project participants presented new and updated ecosystem service layers and discussed them with the representatives of The Ministry. Stakeholders provided valuable insights on how to improve some of the services with additional data. Also, a discussion took place about the accessibility of the data regarding future services. This was the first meeting with the stakeholders after a major layer update in LINESAM website. Related with that a broad variety of services was presented, including: Cultural and Natural ES supply, Outdoor recreation supply, Recreation demand, Carbon sequestration, Groundwater recharge, Landscape fragmentation (condition), Climate regulation, Weathering, Noise reduction demand and supply, Drivers of change, Wild seafood supply, demand, and potential.
Prof. dr. Paulo Pereira, the leader of LINESAM project edited a special issue in the Journal Science of the Total Environment (STOTEN) with the title “Ecosystem services in a changing environment”. In total, 25 papers focused on terrestrial (e.g. freshwater, urban, agricultural, grassland) and marine ecosystem services at different scales were published within the issue. The editorial and the papers published in the special issue can be consulted in ScienceDirect website .
Four short educational/informational films about the concept and importance of ecosystems services are accessible online in special LINESAM Youtube channel. First three films discuss different nuances of ecosystem services potential in national and regional scale, forest ecosystem services in Čepkeliai – Dzūkija PAN park, and urban ecosystem services in Vilnius city. The fourth film incorporates all of the topics into one narrative that explains the concept of ecosystem services, importance of marine services, exclusivity of forest and urban ecosystem services. All of the films are shot as interviews with the experts in the field and are purposed to spreading awareness about the concept of ecosystem services, and LINESAM project in general. The links to each film can be found in Media section of LINESAM website.
Prof. dr. Paulo Pereira, the leader of LINESAM project, participated in the organization of the session "Times are changing: temporal mapping of dynamic ecosystem services". The session was organized in cooperation with researchers from Estonia, The Netherlands, Germany, and Spain. The objective of the session was focused on how mapping approaches are able to identify temporal changes in ecosystem services. Additionally, services modeled by LINESAM project team were presented to international scientific community. More information about ESP 10 could be found in the conference website .
The major ecosystem service layer update has been launched during the September of 2019. Newly uploaded services visualize groundwater recharge capacity, cultural and natural supply, recreation demand, outdoor recreation supply, solar energy supply, landscape fragmentation, climate regulation, carbon sequestration, weathering, and others. All service layers can be accessed through "Layer" menu feature (under "Data") or directly from the main page. For full methodological description of required service, please click on "Metadata Detail" button in each layer individually.
New article has been published with LINESAM project collaboration focused on the urban and rural perception on provisioning, regulating and cultural ecosystem services (ES) and human wellbeing (HW) indicators in Yanhe basin, China. Overall, urban and rural communities valued very differently ecosystem services and wellbeing. For rural residents regulating ES are the most important, while for urban population provisioning are the most important. In relation to HW, inhabitants of rural areas valued more security and health and urban residents attributed a high importance to basic materials.
On 19th of June, 2019 an internal meeting was held by LINESAM research team. Project leader prof. dr. Paulo Pereira presented the progress on project activities and future objectives, as well as deliverables, that needs to be covered during the next phase of the LINESAM project. It was agreed that a major ecosystem service layer update is going to be made during the first half of autumn. Plans for conferences, publications and methodological choices for ecosystem service mapping were discussed and approved for the upcoming six months.
On Tuesday 11 June LINESAM team held a meeting with the main project stakeholder – The Ministry of Environment. LINESAM team presented some evaluated ecosystem services: recreation, landscape aesthetics, weathering, flood protection supply and demand, solar, marine fisheries, mineral extraction (marine). LINESAM research team and the representatives form The Ministry have discussed data availability and quality issues, as well as future cooperation prospects.
From April 16 to 30 of 2019, prof. dr. Paulo Pereira was an invited professor at Beijing Normal University (China) to give a course about ecosystem services. Approximately 100 students from all China attended to the course. The lectures included an overview of different ecosystem service assessment methods, tools and case studies, basic elements and principles of ecosystem services indicators, soil ecosystem services, sustainability, valuation and management, application of some ecosystem service assessment methods and tools and Mapping and assessment of ecosystems and their services enhancing ecosystem services mapping for policy and decision making. The results obtained and the methodology used in LINESAM project were shown in the lectures and discussed with the participants.
Monday, 08 April, 2019 between 08:30–10:15 am, LINESAM team organized the short course "Mapping and modeling the environment at different scales" at the European Geosciences Assembly (Vienna), with the participation of recognized researchers in the field of mapping and ecosystem services assessment. Approximately 40 students from all over the world attended to the course, and the room was full. Prof. David Lindbo (USA) from USDA talked about mapping soils at different scales and the need of technological advances. Dr. Panos Panagos (Greece) from the European Commission, gave some insights about the current practices and future research on mapping soil erosion in Europe and the associated services and disservices. Finally, Miguel Villoslada (Spain) from Estonian University of Life Sciences gave a speech about the methods used for mapping and assessment ecosystem services. The LINESAM team was very grateful for the excellent talks and the participation of the students.
On 25th of February the LINESAM research team held a meeting with the representatives of Ministry of Environment and other stakeholders, in order to present the current progress in mapping and assessing of ecosystem services. Kristina Simonaitytė from the Ministry of Environment presented the concept of LINESAM project to the stakeholders. Head of the LINESAM project team – prof. dr. Paulo Pereira, discussed the first results of the project. He also demonstrated the original maps related with the project outcomes. Dr. Ieva Misiūnė presented the final list of the ecosystem services and summarized the comments of the experts from previous meeting. Dr. Katažyna Mikša referred to the ecosystem services of flood demand and supply, and suggested improvements of relevant legal acts. Dr. Marius Kalinauskas demonstrated the updated features of LINESAM geoportal and upcoming public announcement material. During the meeting the methods of ecosystems service mapping and assessing were discussed among the stakeholders. The LINESAM research team would like to express their gratitude towards participants of the meeting for their valuable contributions and to thank the Ministry of Environment for warm welcome.
LINESAM team will organize a short course focused on "Mapping and modeling the environment at different scales" in the next EGU assembly in Vienna, Austria (7-12 April 2019). The objective of the short course is to present the most actual techniques of mapping and modeling the environment, including ecosystem services supply and demand. For more information follow this link.
We would like to announce that the Lithuanian National Ecosystem Services Assessment and Mapping (LINESAM) geoportal is officially open for public use. This project is funded by the Lithuanian Research Council (No. 09.3.3-LMT-K-712-01-0104). The results of LINESAM (national and case studies) will be disseminated in the geoportal. The information will be available for public, researchers, stakeholders, policy makers consultation. LINESAM geoportal contains information about some base layers of Lithuanian territory and will be populated with ecosystem services and drivers of change layers during the project time. Information about meta-data, people, project, news, media, publications and other outcomes will be also provided in the nearest future. The geoportal users will be able to create maps with the layers available. We would like to remind that all geospatial layers and maps should be used with respect to copyright laws and regulations applicable to each data segment individually.
The first experts workshop "Ecosystems and drivers of change" was held at Mykolas Romeris University on November 9, 2018. This workshop was organized under the project "Lithuanian National Ecosystem Services Assessment and Mapping", funded by Lithuanian Research Council (No. 09.3.3-LMT-K-712-01-0104). The event was organized by the Environmental Management Laboratory (MRU) and the Ministry of Environment of the Republic of Lithuania. Experts from several Lithuanian institutions such as Klaipëda University, Dzukija National Park, Vytautas Magnus University, Nature Research Centre and Aleksandras Stulginskis University contributed to the evaluation and validation of the ecosystem services and drivers of change lists to be mapped and assessed in the LINESAM project. More information about the event available in MRU website.