Science for Evidence-based & Sustainable Decisions About Natural Capital (SELINA) is a 5-year EU funded project that aims to deliver guidance for evidence-based decision-making that supports the protection, restoration, and sustainable use of the environment.
Through a collaboration of experts from 50 partner organisations from all 27 EU member states, Norway, Switzerland, Israel, and the United Kingdom, SELINA will set new standards for international cooperation to promote ecosystem services and biodiversity conservation and enhance ecosystem conditions.
This consortium includes leading experts on ecosystem services science, ecosystem accounting and science-policy business interfaces from related actions. SELINA will provide applicable tools and models together with guidance how to use them. The project will deliver real cases for ecosystem services-based and harmonised decision-making across Europe, enabling transformative change to halt biodiversity decline and to secure essential ecosystem services supply and use.
By providing vital practical information and recommendations to stakeholders from both the public and private sectors, SELINA will pave the way toward the transformative societal change required to achieve the ambitious goals of the European Biodiversity Strategy 2030 and the European Green Deal.
This project consists of ten Work Packages, with Work Package 9, ‘Supporting Evidence-based Private Decision-making’. led by Capitals Coalition. This Work Package focuses on developing innovative real-world examples of how integrated biodiversity and ecosystem services-based outputs can be used to support decision-making.
The Capitals Coalition will coordinate the delivery of Demonstration Projects. Each Demonstration Project will have a leader that supports private sector stakeholders in developing the project. These will focus on various sectors, such as tourism, finance, agriculture, water and the built environment. The Demonstration Projects will be developed in multiple European countries.
Next to this, a Task Force of private sector representatives will be established to co-design the SELINA outputs so that these can feed into private sector decision-making and strengthen the science-business interface.
The total duration of the entire project is 5 years, until July 2027.