|Defra has commissioned several
concurrent ecosystem services projects and case
|Inventory study on natural environment
data 2 (NR0106)
|The overall aim of the project is
to review the social and economic quantitative and
qualitative evidence base for assessing the state
of England's terrestrial ecosystems using an Ecosystem
Approach. The 'evidence base' refers to data, analyses
and stakeholder views and will complement and build
upon the natural environment evidence base specified
in Phase 1 of NEP (Natural Environment Programme).
The project will be managed by ADAS UK Ltd.
|Case Study - Catchment Futures,
River Parrett Catchment (NR0111)
The Catchment Futures case study is looking at
the practical application of the approach in the
River Parrett catchment.
The Parrett Catchment is located in Somerset,
South West England. It was chosen because there
is a very active catchment partnership and widespread
local acknowledgement that a range of interrelated
issues affecting land use and quality of life
need to be resolved as sustainably as possible.
The study is critically examining how the ecosystem
approach (EA) can be used within an English region
at the catchment scale. For example, what new
insights and opportunities could the approach
reveal for making cost-effective natural resource
protection more central to all kinds of planning,
development, waste, energy and land management
activities in the catchment?
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|An assessment of the economic
value of England terrestrial ecosystem services
| This study is estimating the benefits
derived from the “ecosystem services” provided by
the terrestrial ecosystems of England, such as woodlands,
rural landscapes, rivers and moorlands. Ecosystem
services are the processes by which the natural
environment produces resources that are useful to
people, including goods like timber and fish, and
services such as purifying water, pollinating crops
and providing a natural defence against flooding.
Indeed, at a fundamental level, natural ecosystems
perform critical life-support services that human
civilisation and well-being depend on.
|Case study - Thames Gateway
Green Grids (NR0109)
|The purpose of this project is to
assess the types of ecosystem services provided
within a particular case study area undergoing extensive
urban regeneration and how best they can be evaluated
within current land use planning and decision-making
frameworks. The study area selected is Kent Thameside,
a key development area of the Thames Gateway Growth
Area within the Government’s Sustainable Communities
Plan. The area is one already under some considerable
constraints, e.g. in terms of water resource availability,
flood risk, air quality, transport and biodiversity.
|Case study - M6 Link (NR0110)
|This case study looks retrospectively
at a regionally important infrastructure development
- the Heysham M6 link in Lancashire for which a
planning application has recently been made. The
case study seeks to answer two questions. 1. How
well does the procedure that has been followed for
the proposed Heysham M6 link deliver the EA? 2.
To what extent can the information collected to
assess the impact of the Heysham M6 link, together
with other information already available, be used
to successfully use the EA?
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