MAES

MAES-related developments in Slovakia

On May 14, 2014 workshop “Ecosystem services – their mapping and evaluation in Slovakia” was held in Bratislava. Its main aim was to present ongoing activities on MAES at local/regional levels and to discuss possible ways how to proceed in meeting target 2 of the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2020 at the national level. Over 45 experts took part. Presentations are available (mainly in Slovak language) on http://www.minzp.sk/sekcie/temy-oblasti/ochrana-prirody-krajiny/ekosystemove-sluzby/

On September 10th, 2014 Government of the Slovak Republic approved Action Plan on implementation of the Updated National Strategy for Biological Diversity by 2020. Document includes several activities on MAES, it is available in Slovak on http://www.minzp.sk/files/oblasti/ochrana-prirody-a-krajiny/biodiverzita/1_vlastny_ap-biod_aug_2014.pdf.

Following previous meetings with relevant institutions the working group on MAES in Slovakia (“MAES-SK”) was established from experts and representatives from various sectors of state and scientific institutions (agriculture, forestry, water, nature conservation, climate, geology, etc.). Its first meeting was on August 6th, 2014 and second on September 12th, 2014. The aim of the working group is methodological coordination of the work to fulfil the goals on the national level outgoing from the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2020 (mapping of ecosystems, inventory of ecosystem services etc.).

Furthermore, expert workshop “Ecosystem services: assessments and beyond” was held in Bratislava on Oct 22nd, 2014. Ministry of Environment of the Slovak Republic organised it in cooperation with European Environment Agency. More than 18 participants from a range of areas, including academic institutions, Slovak Environment Agency, State Nature Conservancy of the Slovak Republic took part. The main objective of the workshop was to provide an update on research on the assessment of ecosystem services. Three case studies were presented: “Ecosystem services of inland waters in the Slovak Republic – results to date”; “Ecosystem services in research of the Institute for Landscape Ecology, Slovak Academy of Science” (assessments of rural-urban areas and agricultural land used in a traditional way); and “Ecosystem services: institutions and policies”. The workshop was followed by a discussion on further directions and cooperation in the assessment of ecosystem services in Slovakia.

We would like to note that ecosystem services are important also for the work of the other international conventions, e.g. Ramsar Convention on Wetlands, as it was discussed on the 8th European Ramsar Meeting in Austria (October 2014), where SK took part and actively involved.