The Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems Services (MAES) is an initiative of the European Commission with the aim to provide working guidance to the Member States on tools and methods to map and assess urban ecosystems and their services. 

Above all, MAES stands for the collaborative work among the EU Member States and the Commission to make the best use of the available data, methods, tools, indicators and knowledge provided by the research community so that relevant information on biodiversity and ecosystems can be included in decision making and policy implementation.

The MAES pilot study on urban ecosystems has the ambition to enhance contacts between communities of practice at local, regional and country level in order to exchange experiences and knowledge on mapping, assessment, valuation and enhancement of urban ecosystems, urban biodiversity and urban ecosystem services.

The Joint Research Centre of the European Commission and The Netherlands are leading the pilot. This means that they are responsible for collecting information and drafting a final report.

MAES Pilot Survey

Currently there is a MAES survey open to interested stakeholders, that consists on an initial screening of research activities that aim at define the policies that can be addressed regarding urban ecosystems, and simultaneously to help define some of the policy makers expectations.

This MAES survey is structured in three important subjects: the mapping of urban green infrastructure, the evaluation of the urban ecosystems condition and the study of the ecosystem services and their benefits to populations. And the purpose of this study is to provide examples or protocols for the assessment of ecosystems and their services in urban environment at different scales and to draw a profile of urban ecosystem services in Europe.

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