Oppla, a new open platform for nature-based solutions, was launched on Tuesday 20 September as part of the Ecosystem Services Conference taking place in Antwerp, Belgium. It is a joint initiative between the OpenNESS, of which the ECI is a partner, and OPERAs EU-funded research projects and it will bring together over 60 universities, research institutes, agencies and enterprises as contributors to create a 'one-stop-shop' for environmental management knowledge sharing. It is free to join, free to use and designed for people with diverse needs and interests - from science, policy and practice; public, private and voluntary sectors; organisations large and small, as well as individuals. All are welcome and have a part to play in its community.
Oppla offers unique services that help users to collaborate, innovate and communicate. The Oppla Marketplace is a 'knowledge supermarket': applying lessons learned from the commercial sector, such as eBay and Amazon, to improve the exchange of 'products' including software, data, documents, guidance, training, consultancy services and other useful resources. If you need help in your search for knowledge, Ask Oppla, a crowd-sourced enquiry service can find the answers – drawing upon the expertise and experience of Oppla's growing community (of over 1000 individuals, including ECI’s Biodiversity and Adaptation group researchers).
Oppla also brings together the latest thinking on natural capital and ecosystem services through its community matchmaking service. This is an easy-to-use system for networking with other members of the Oppla community. Users can 'Find My Match' or search for potential new clients and partners using a sophisticated keyword system. In addition, Oppla hosts an ongoing programme of webinars, discussing a wide range of topics. Be a part of Oppla's exciting community at Oppla.eu.
OpenNESS aims to translate the concepts of Natural Capital (NC) and Ecosystem Services (ES) into operational frameworks that provide tested, practical and tailored solutions for integrating ES into land, water and urban management and decision-making. It examines how the concepts link to, and support, wider EU economic, social and environmental policy initiatives and scrutinizes the potential and limitations of the concepts of ES and NC.