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Transactional Environmental Support System (TESS)

Database of models for local ecosystem management

TESS will assist policy makers to integrate knowledge from the EU, national, regional and local level into the decision making process while also encouraging local people to maintain and restore biodiversity ecosystem services. To achieve this, a transactional environmental decision support system will be designed, linking central policy planning to local livelihoods. To develop this system, TESS will first research the needs and capacities of central policy makers and local actors, identify paths and trajectories of cooperation, and model required transactions between the central and the local in relation to each one's needs. A set of representative case studies from the whole EU (including the New Member States and pre-accession countries) will test the validity of the models and consolidate the project's results into the design for a transactional environmental decision support system, named TESS. TESS will also include base-line information and predictive models for Strategic Environmental Assessment, Sustainability (Impact) Assessment and Environmental Impact Assessment. TESS will be supplemented by a set of brief and memorable policy guidelines to ensure its usefulness and enable its application in a European context. The process of developing TESS will be facilitated by a large interdisciplinary consortium, in which participants include European associations with a strong network of support and influence not only in the Brussels milieu, but also at the grassroots.

This database collects existing models for local ecosystem management, to enhance ecosystem services generating direct benefits to the managager. Hence, the models should aid improvement of the health of ecosystems in small scale. More specifically, these tools provide knowledge for sustainable farming and timber production as well as maintenance and improvement of leisure objects. TESS Metamodel is a conceptual framework of toolkits  which build on existing and readily available modeling tools that have been developed and applied to previous research and planning initiatives. Models in this database work as building blocks for the generation of integrated sustainability toolkits.

This database is not ready. The developers invite visitors to hint about missing models.