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Developing the AQUACROSS Assessment Framework


Gómez et al. (2016) Developing the AQUACROSS Assessment Framework. Deliverable 3.2, AQUACROSS, European Union's Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation Grant Agreement No. 642317.

Carlos M. Gómez (UAH and IMDEA)
Gonzalo Delacámara (IMDEA)
Sonja Jähnig, Simone D. Langhans, Sami Domisch and Virgilio Hermoso (FVB-IGB)
GerJan Piet (WUR)
Javier Martínez-López (BC3)
Peter Reichert, Nele Schuwirth (EAWAG)
Thomas Hein, Florian Pletterbauer and Andrea Funk (BOKU)
António Nogueira, Ana I. Lillebø, Michiel Daam and Heliana Teixeira (UAVR)
Leonie Robinson and Fiona Culhane (ULIV)
Maja Schlüter and Romina Martin (SRC)
Alejandro Iglesias-Campos, Ana Luisa Barbosa, Juan Arévalo-Torres (IOC-UNESCO)
Tim O’Higgins (UCC)
180 pp.
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Table of Contents

1 Part I: What To Assess
1.1 Introduction
1.1.1 The AQUACROSS Assessment Framework as an integrative and cooperative effort
1.1.2 AQUACROSS Assessment Framework as a living document
1.1.3 How the AQUACROSS Assessment Framework links to the different elements of the project
1.2 Building on (and overcoming) previous assessment frameworks
1.3 What is to be assessed
1.3.1 Social-ecological aquatic systems as complex and adaptive ones
1.3.2 The integration of knowledge as a means to truly integrated responses
1.3.3 Co-building scenarios between stakeholders and researchers: business as usual versus new policy responses
1.3.4 Ecosystem-based management approaches taking centre stage
1.3.5 The identification and structuring of policy objectives and the clearcut distinction between objectives and assessment criteria
1.3.6 A three-tier assessment on the basis of different criteria
1.3.7 The demand for aquatic ecosystem services delivery and abiotic outputs
1.3.8 The supply of aquatic ecosystem services and abiotic outputs and how they are determined by biodiversity levels
1.3.9 From datasets to data flows; moving from measurement to analysis
1.4 How to read this document: What you will find and what you won’t
1.4.1 Open questions to be assessed throughout the project
1.4.2 Several knowledge gaps
2 Part II. How To Assess
2.1 Framing the decision context: baseline scenarios
2.1.1 Introduction: why scenarios are critical
2.1.2 Building scenarios: making the AQUACROSS Architecture operational
2.1.3 Co-building baseline and policy scenarios to progress towards ecosystem-based management
2.1.4 The baseline scenario: representing the social-ecological system as a whole
2.1.5 Framing the decision context
2.1.6 The baseline scenario: where to look at to identify policy challenges
2.1.7 Integration of resilience principles in building the baseline
2.1.8 Science focus: models and tools for a stepwise building of baseline and EBM policy scenarios of biodiversity
2.2 Identifying objectives and deficits
2.2.1 Introduction
2.2.2 Setting objectives: contributing to EU policy objectives
2.3 Assessment criteria: a key element to assessing baselines and policy options
2.3.1 Assessing baselines and policy scenarios
2.3.2 Assessing the environmental and welfare outcomes of baselines and policy scenarios
2.3.3 Assessing governance: growing to the challenge of making EBM happen
2.4 Characterising drivers and pressures affecting aquatic ecosystems
2.4.1 Introduction
2.4.2 Conceptual frameworks for exploring relationships between social processes, drivers, pressures and ecosystem state
2.4.3 Indicators of drivers, pressures and ecosystem components/state
2.4.4 Methods to analyse links between drivers, pressures and ecosystem state
2.5 Understanding causal links between biodiversity, ecosystem functions, and services
2.5.1 Working framework: from state to benefits
2.5.2 Literature review of links between biodiversity, ecosystem functions, and services
2.5.3 Identification of relevant indicators and associated metrics
2.5.4 Methods to analyse causal links
2.6 Crosscutting issues
2.6.1 Introduction: going beyond data and metrics – information flows for analytical purposes
2.6.2 Dealing with uncertainty
2.6.3 Tackling multiple scales
3 The Way Ahead
4 References