The Spanish National Ecosystem Assessment (SNEA) is the first national-level analysis of the ability of ecosystems and biodiversity to maintain human well-being in Spain. It aims to provide stakeholders, the scientific community and civil society with interdisciplinary information on the relationship between ecosystem condition and human wellbeing. It follows the approach set out in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, including the driver-pressure-state-impact-response framework for analysing complex relations between ecosystems and human systems.
SNEA began in 2009, with the biophysical assessment being completed in 2012, followed by a new phase from 2013 which aimed to estimate the impact ecosystem services have in economic, as well as ecological, terms.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment requested the Spanish Ecosystem Assessment (SNEA) project, with a mandate to facilitate the interface between scientific knowledge in different disciplines and decision making. This project has been promoted and funded through the Biodiversity Foundation.
A national and international scientific advisory committee for the project has been put in place to ensure the robustness of the results. This unit has developed a research process that is being carried out by a large team of scientists and experts from both the biophysical and social sciences and draws on several lines of inquiry.