Dr. Daniel Norton from the Socio-Economic Marine Research Unit (SEMRU) in NUI Galway, the lead partner on the MOSES project, took part in the 1st Irish Natural Capital for Sustainable Environments (INCASE) Stakeholder event in Dublin, Ireland. The INCASE project will apply Natural Capital Accounting principles to a suite of ecosystem and geosystem services at river catchment scale across Ireland.
Their first stakeholder event hosted a number of speakers including Jane Stout, the director of the Irish Forum on Natural Capital and Carl Obst from the Institute for the Development of Environmental-Economic Accounting (IDEEA), who used a marine ecosystem to demonstrate the Natural Capital approach. The INCASE project aims to generate a set of Natural Capital Accounts based on the UN System of Environmental-Economic Accounts (SEEA) Central Framework and SEEA Experimental Ecosystem Accounts guidelines. The day ended with a break-out brainstorming session, aimed at finding ways of increasing the use of the Natural Capital approach in policy making. This approach is one that can be generated from the data gathered by the MOSES project in linking economic data to the pressures and vulnerabilities in EU Atlantic region.
More detail on the project can be found on their website https://www.incaseproject.com/