Expert Group and Workshop on Valuation of Forest Ecosystem Services. Barredo, J. I.; Ventrubova, K.; Snowdon, P.; Bueno Gonzalez, B.; Chicharro, M.; Christov, S.; Concetti, B.; De Oliveira, T.; Desković, M.; Dimitrijevic, A.; Elsasser, P.; Estrada Wilke, E.; Ramon Guzmán, J.; Hoxha, Y.; Jovic, D.; Jovic, D.; Jovic, P.; Juutinen, A.; Kampen, P.; Löffler, P.; Mart́ınez Ruiz, A.; Mavsar, R.; Mijovic, C.; Momirov, R.; Navrud, S.; Nystrom, T.; Nystrom, T.; Petrakieva, A.; Petrovski, S.; Radosavljevic, A.; Rezonja, R.; Sekulic, S.; Sharma, K.; Srndovic, M.; Stamatovic, S.; Tourne Whyte, M.; Trudic, B.; Vasiljevic, A.; Velojic, M.; Vuletic, D.; and Winkler-Ráthonyi, N. FOREST EUROPE - Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe.
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[Excerpt: Foreword] Forests create multiple benefits for the society, providing renewable raw materials and play an important role in human wellbeing, biological diversity, the global carbon cycle, water balance, erosion control, combating desertification and the prevention of natural hazards, among others. Forests contribute to environmental stability, economic prosperity and offer social, ecosystem and recreational services. [\n] They improve the knowledge about ecosystem services, its value and natural capital allow us to see the direct ways in which we depend on the natural environment and how local policy makers can address policy challenges in many different areas. The main difficulty of the Forest Ecosystem Services is that most of the services provided lies on the goods and services that are not traded in markets, making difficult to directly observe their values without a market. Also these non-market goods and services are supplied to either the society or certain groups of users, for free or at a symbolic price which is far below the production costs. As forest owners are not compensated in monetary terms for their provision, they could be less inclined to contribute to generate them. This attitude can lead to the diminution of availability of these services in an adequate quality and quantity. One of the possible solutions in order to avoid this loss is to apply financing mechanisms which allows the owners to keep offering the valuable ecosystem services. That requires knowledge on the estimated value of these services. [\n] Valuation of FES and the development of mechanisms to deliver these values are still being developed and introduced in many countries. Some countries have been active for some time, both in research and practice. The principle of establishing markets in less tangible, non-market ecosystem services has become a widely accepted principle in other countries like USA, but there have been signs in parts of the pan-Europe region of growing interest in this approach in recent years with some notable developments in practice. [\n] Following the Oslo Mandate action on estimating the full value of forest ecosystem services across Europe with a view to using common valuation approaches, this document tries to display some the latest works performed within the pan-European Region. Also the request for values to be increasingly reflected in relevant national policies and market-based instruments such as payments for ecosystem services was an important point to be taken onboard. We are aware that literature is extensive and it is difficult to reach common and unique positions and so the contribution of the participants in both the scopes of the Working Group and the Workshop, created specifically to help us to fulfill FE Programme of Work, was very much appreciated. [\n] Extraordinary recognition should be paid to Ms. Katerina Ventrubova, Mr. Jose Barredo and Mr. Pat Snowdon, leaders of the three Subworking Groups in whose works this document is based. Their efforts and help deserve our highest appreciation. Also, special thanks are owed to the Republic of Serbia, for hosting the Workshop and their endless support. [Introduction] As part of the future FOREST EUROPE strategy, ministers agreed in Oslo Ministerial Conference 2011 on a common vision, strategic goals, and European 2020 Targets on forests. In follow up the part of the strategy that stresses the importance of the full range of forest goods and services, FOREST EUROPE is to consider a common approaches to valuation of forest ecosystem services and promote its use, with the aim of raising awareness of the contributions to societies of multiple forest functions, to serve informed decision making and to assess achievements against the 2020 targets. Within the framework of its Working Programme, FOREST EUROPE's ultimate objective is to offer pan- European policy makers and users a ” menu” of options to implement the Valuation of Forest Ecosystem Services. [\n] To fulfil this activity an Expert Group was establish and worked from 2012 to 2014 with the aim to give recommendations to policy makers on the pan- European approaches to valuation of forest ecosystem services and means to facilitate its implementation, bearing in mind that there can be a range of different possibilities. A Workshop was also planned to contribute to the same purpose. [\n] At the kick-off meeting of the Expert Group three subworking groups were foreseen to deal with the three identified tasks of the Expert Group. These three subworking groups, who worked basically online, focused on: [::] Identification of forest ecosystem services at the pan-European level [::] Toolbox with valuation of FES approaches to the pan-European region [::] Means to facilitate implementation [\n] To consolidate the proposals and identify effective priorities and measures to promote the use of FES, a Workshop was established and held in Belgrade, Republic of Serbia, 24-25 September 2014. [\n] Delegates from Albania, Finland, Italy, Norway, Republic of Serbia, Spain and United Kingdom shared with the workshop attendees a wide variety of projects on VFES carried out in their respective countries. Experiences developed at a regional level were also presented by representatives of the European Commission and the Joint Research Centre, the European Forest Institute, and the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB). [\n] This report, oriented to a broader audience mainly consisting on decision makers and stakeholders in the field of forest resource assessment, takes onboard the work and expertise that was displayed and shared among the participants in both the scopes of the Working Group and the Workshop. And it benefits from the knowledge the experts provided voluntarily and free to Forest Europe. Their contribution is highly estimated.
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  title = {Expert Group and Workshop on Valuation of Forest Ecosystem Services},
  author = {Barredo, Jose I. and Ventrubova, Katerina and Snowdon, Patrick and Bueno Gonzalez, Beatriz and Chicharro, Marta and Christov, Strahil and Concetti, Benedetta and De Oliveira, Thierry and Desković, Miljenko and Dimitrijevic, Andrej and Elsasser, Peter and Estrada Wilke, Elena and Ramon Guzmán, Jose and Hoxha, Ylli and Jovic, Djordje and Jovic, Dusan and Jovic, Predrag and Juutinen, Artti and Kampen, Peter and Löffler, Peter and Mart́ınez Ruiz, Araceli and Mavsar, Robert and Mijovic, Cedomir and Momirov, Radislav and Navrud, Stale and Nystrom, Tomas and Nystrom, Tomas and Petrakieva, Anna and Petrovski, Sasho and Radosavljevic, Aleksandar and Rezonja, Robert and Sekulic, Stevo and Sharma, Kavita and Srndovic, Maja and Stamatovic, Sasa and Tourne Whyte, Maria and Trudic, Branislav and Vasiljevic, Aleksandar and Velojic, Miljan and Vuletic, Dijana and Winkler-Ráthonyi, Norbert},
  editor = {Barredo, Jose I. and Ventrubova, Katerina and Snowdon, Patrick},
  date = {2015},
  publisher = {{FOREST EUROPE - Ministerial Conference on the Protection of Forests in Europe}},
  location = {{Madrid, Spain}},
  url = {http://mfkp.org/INRMM/article/13902847},
  abstract = {[Excerpt: Foreword]

Forests create multiple benefits for the society, providing renewable raw materials and play an important role in human wellbeing, biological diversity, the global carbon cycle, water balance, erosion control, combating desertification and the prevention of natural hazards, among others. Forests contribute to environmental stability, economic prosperity and offer social, ecosystem and recreational services.

[\textbackslash n] They improve the knowledge about ecosystem services, its value and natural capital allow us to see the direct ways in which we depend on the natural environment and how local policy makers can address policy challenges in many different areas. The main difficulty of the Forest Ecosystem Services is that most of the services provided lies on the goods and services that are not traded in markets, making difficult to directly observe their values without a market. Also these non-market goods and services are supplied to either the society or certain groups of users, for free or at a symbolic price which is far below the production costs. As forest owners are not compensated in monetary terms for their provision, they could be less inclined to contribute to generate them. This attitude can lead to the diminution of availability of these services in an adequate quality and quantity. One of the possible solutions in order to avoid this loss is to apply financing mechanisms which allows the owners to keep offering the valuable ecosystem services. That requires knowledge on the estimated value of these services.

[\textbackslash n] Valuation of FES and the development of mechanisms to deliver these values are still being developed and introduced in many countries. Some countries have been active for some time, both in research and practice. The principle of establishing markets in less tangible, non-market ecosystem services has become a widely accepted principle in other countries like USA, but there have been signs in parts of the pan-Europe region of growing interest in this approach in recent years with some notable developments in practice.

[\textbackslash n] Following the Oslo Mandate action on estimating the full value of forest ecosystem services across Europe with a view to using common valuation approaches, this document tries to display some the latest works performed within the pan-European Region. Also the request for values to be increasingly reflected in relevant national policies and market-based instruments such as payments for ecosystem services was an important point to be taken onboard. We are aware that literature is extensive and it is difficult to reach common and unique positions and so the contribution of the participants in both the scopes of the Working Group and the Workshop, created specifically to help us to fulfill FE Programme of Work, was very much appreciated.

[\textbackslash n] Extraordinary recognition should be paid to Ms. Katerina Ventrubova, Mr. Jose Barredo and Mr. Pat Snowdon, leaders of the three Subworking Groups in whose works this document is based. Their efforts and help deserve our highest appreciation. Also, special thanks are owed to the Republic of Serbia, for hosting the Workshop and their endless support.

[Introduction] As part of the future FOREST EUROPE strategy, ministers agreed in Oslo Ministerial Conference 2011 on a common vision, strategic goals, and European 2020 Targets on forests. In follow up the part of the strategy that stresses the importance of the full range of forest goods and services, FOREST EUROPE is to consider a common approaches to valuation of forest ecosystem services and promote its use, with the aim of raising awareness of the contributions to societies of multiple forest functions, to serve informed decision making and to assess achievements against the 2020 targets. Within the framework of its Working Programme, FOREST EUROPE's ultimate objective is to offer pan- European policy makers and users a ” menu” of options to implement the Valuation of Forest Ecosystem Services.

[\textbackslash n] To fulfil this activity an Expert Group was establish and worked from 2012 to 2014 with the aim to give recommendations to policy makers on the pan- European approaches to valuation of forest ecosystem services and means to facilitate its implementation, bearing in mind that there can be a range of different possibilities. A Workshop was also planned to contribute to the same purpose.

[\textbackslash n] At the kick-off meeting of the Expert Group three subworking groups were foreseen to deal with the three identified tasks of the Expert Group. These three subworking groups, who worked basically online, focused on:

[::] Identification of forest ecosystem services at the pan-European level

[::] Toolbox with valuation of FES approaches to the pan-European region

[::] Means to facilitate implementation

[\textbackslash n] To consolidate the proposals and identify effective priorities and measures to promote the use of FES, a Workshop was established and held in Belgrade, Republic of Serbia, 24-25 September 2014.

[\textbackslash n] Delegates from Albania, Finland, Italy, Norway, Republic of Serbia, Spain and United Kingdom shared with the workshop attendees a wide variety of projects on VFES carried out in their respective countries. Experiences developed at a regional level were also presented by representatives of the European Commission and the Joint Research Centre, the European Forest Institute, and the Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB).

[\textbackslash n] This report, oriented to a broader audience mainly consisting on decision makers and stakeholders in the field of forest resource assessment, takes onboard the work and expertise that was displayed and shared among the participants in both the scopes of the Working Group and the Workshop. And it benefits from the knowledge the experts provided voluntarily and free to Forest Europe. Their contribution is highly estimated.},
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