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Innovation in mapping ecosystem services and understanding the ecosystems approach to the protected site - WC1065

This project is collaboration with Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) Programme to tap into the expertise and data already collected by BESS to answer several evidence needs for policy:
1. Improving our ability to map ecosystem services at different geographical scales. This work will build on work initiated by the BESS projects to record, build on and share good practice between groups developing spatially explicit maps of ecosystem services. It will also identify possible short and longer term options to address data, modelling and presentation issues to allow this approach to be robustly applied in new circumstances and new areas. This will be closely linked to customer needs with a view to informing prioritisation of action and resource targeting at the local and national level.
2. Provide evidence to assist the Natural Capital Committee, Defra and the Agencies, by exploring the contribution that Natura 2000 sites make to ecological resilience and the provision of ecosystem services, with a view to exploring the options for applying the ecosystem approach to mitigation of development impacts to reduce regulatory costs and increase ecological benefits. .
The overall aim is to increase understanding of the ecosystem approach in two areas:
1. Understanding and sharing information about methods for mapping of ecosystem services; and,
2. Understanding the services provided by Natura 2000 and other protected sites, the links between conservation objectives, management and condition in delivery of those services, ecological resilience and coherence and service delivery in the landscapes/ecosystems in which they occur. It will also explore how an ecosystem approach might be used in management of the sites as well as evaluation of choices for mitigation or ecological compensation associated with development and suitable activities that may help deliver Favourable Conservation Status of not just protected sites, but the ecological resilience and coherence of the landscapes/ecosystems in which they occur.
Project Documents
• FRP - Final Report : Final report Defra BESS Innovation in Mapping Ecosystem Services 150714   (497k)
• FRP - Final Report : Final report Ecosystem Services in the Protected Site Network 150714   (2034k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix 1: Land Cover Maps Habitat Codes   (226k)
• ANX - Annex : Appendix 2: Natural England Staff Questionnaire   (108k)
• OTH - Other : Case Study Area 1: Bassenthwaite   (3789k)
• OTH - Other : Case Study Area 10 Wild Purbeck   (3273k)
• OTH - Other : Case Study Area 3: Humberhead Levels   (1707k)
• OTH - Other : Case Study Area 4: Mersey Forest   (2099k)
• OTH - Other : Case Study Area 5: Morecambe Bay   (2602k)
• OTH - Other : Case Study Area 6: Southern Pennines   (1891k)
• OTH - Other : Case Study Area 7 and 8 Tees Valley and Three Rivers   (2544k)
• OTH - Other : Case Study Area 9: Wessex BESS   (1764k)
• OTH - Other : Case Study Area2: Greater Thames Marshes   (1692k)
• OTH - Other : WC1065 mapping note for policy 150714   (96k)
• OTH - Other : WC1065 protected sites note for policy150714   (97k)
• TRP - Technical Report : Technical Annex 1: Mapping Ecosystem Services Methods   (899k)
• TRP - Technical Report : Technical Annex 2: Results of the NE Staff Questionnaire   (208k)
• TRP - Technical Report : Technical Annex 3: Resilience and Coherence Review   (212k)
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2013

To: 2013

Cost: £59,672
Contractor / Funded Organisations
University of York