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Ecosystems Interactions - NR0151

This project will explore the policy implications of the interactions between ecosystems and other socio-economic systems in producing the important services from which society benefits. It will focus on three ecological systems interconnected via ecosystem processes and the adverse impacts caused by human activity. These three systems - agricultural land, rivers and wetlands, and urban areas - have been identified as priority landscapes in the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UKNEA), either in terms of their status or the lack of understanding of biodiversity-ecosystem service relations within them, or both.

The research will combine reviews of the policy, economic and legislative context of ecosystem service interactions with stakeholder-mediated modeling, working in partnership with two landscape-scale initiatives to examine synergies and tradeoffs in ecosystem services provided by agricultural, wetland-river and urban systems. Using a scenario-based approach in two case study areas, it will also explore the implications of land use change for the delivery of multiple ecosystem services. It will provide improved understanding of how mixed-use landscapes can be managed to enhance multiple ecosystem services. Importantly, it will also provide a formal evaluation of the transferability of information on ecosystem service interactions between different areas.
Project Documents
• EVID4 - Final project report : Defra Final Report NR0151   (2888k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix 2.6 ESI Database v1 (30.9.13)   (471k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix 5.1 ESI-SIT User Guide   (3798k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2012

To: 2014

Cost: £162,750
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University of York
Ecosystem Service