SELINA: Informed decision-making for sustainable use, conservation and restoration of ecosystems

Intensive land use, biodiversity loss and climate change have altered ecosystems around the world. Biodiversity and functional ecosystems are our strongest natural life insurance in a world of crises. Current private and public decision-making have not been able to provide solutions to handle environmental risks. In this context, the EU-funded SELINA project will provide EU decision-makers from various business, policy and societal sectors with the necessary tools and information to help sustain, restore and enforce the climate-neutral use of European ecosystems and their services. To achieve this, with the help of ecosystem experts as well as the massive amounts of available ecosystem data, research and monitoring solutions, decision-makers will be provided with applicable tools, models and data for guiding their decisions towards sustainability.

SELINA seeks to develop a new paradigm for international collaboration with a coalition of experts from over 50 partner organisations in 31 countries, including all 27 EU member states as well as others. The project's core objective is to accentuate Ecosystem Services (ES) and Biodiversity (BD) conservation and amplify Ecosystem Conditions (EC). SELINA is perfectly positioned to provide priceless suggestions and insights to a wide range of stakeholders, both public and private. Through this, SELINA wants to play a pivotal part in bringing about the radical societal changes necessary to achieve the ambitions of the Green Deal and the European Biodiversity Strategy 2030.

Ecostack Innovations is leading a demonstration project about Nature-based tourism in Malta. By analysing social media trends, such as geotags and posts, the initiative captures a snapshot of the island's most frequented natural attractions. This digital insight, complemented by an integrated stakeholder network, aids in both promoting and preserving Malta’s natural heritage. 

SELINA receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101060415. Views and opinions expressed are however those of the author(s) only and do not necessarily reflect those of the European Union or the European Commission. Neither the EU nor the EC can be held responsible for them.