OPERAs (Operational Potential of Ecosystem Research Applications) is a collaborative pan-European project, funded under the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme. It aims to bridge the gap between ecosystem science and practice and advance the understanding of ecosystem functioning. In bridging this gap OPERAs puts the engagement of stakeholders at the centre of the project and Prospex is designing a large part of the stakeholder engagement process. We are responsible for creating a Userboard as a continuous instrument for exchanges with key stakeholder that will practice ecosystem services evaluation and those that potentially request and buy these services.
Prospex will facilitate the annual participatory workshop of this Userboard and the continuos online engagement in order to ensure the relevance and usefulness of research outputs to the wider stakeholder community.