Ecosystem Services - Living within environmental limits

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Defra has commissioned several concurrent ecosystem services projects and case studies
 
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 (NR0108)
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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