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ES in the UK(?) Ecosystem A ssessment. Roy Haines-Young & Marion Potschin Centre for Environmental Management School of Geography University of Nottingham [email protected] Joint session between BES and the UK Biodiversity Research Advisory Group September, 2008.

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Es in the uk ecosystem a ssessment

ES in the UK(?) Ecosystem Assessment

Roy Haines-Young & Marion Potschin

Centre for Environmental Management

School of Geography

University of Nottingham

[email protected]

Joint session between BES and the UK Biodiversity Research Advisory Group

September, 2008


Background

Review the case for an ‘MA-style’ assessment for England…

Background

  • MA has had a marked impact on both policy and research communities:

    • House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee

    • 2007 Comprehensive Spending Review

    • Research Councils ~ LWEC

    • Defra’s Action Plan for Embedding an Ecosystems Approach & Research Programme


Key questions considered
Key questions considered… England…

  • What do we mean by an ‘MA-style assessment’?

  • Who would the customers for such an assessment be?

  • Who needs to be involved?

  • What timescales and resources….


The scoping study

There is a significant evidence need England…

There is a significant evidence need that is not being met

Coordination of initiatives and reporting focus

The scoping study…

Is there a need for the types of evidence an MA could produce?

Is the evidence needed being produced by existing or planned initiatives?

What could a national MA contribute?

Key stimulus for helping embed an ecosystems approach




Classification issues
Classification Issues England…

  • ES discussions often combine issues about

    • the importance of biodiversity

    • the importance of natural resource systems

  • Think in terms of service/benefit themes


Classification issues1
Classification Issues England…

  • ES discussions often combine issues about

    • the importance of biodiversity

    • the importance of natural resource systems

  • Think in terms of service/benefit themes

  • Possibly there is a distinction between

    • Whole (socio-) ecosystem services (e.g. cultural services)

    • Biophysical ecosystem services (esp. regulating services)

    • Ecosystem services mainly dependent on ecological processes (biodiversity)


The practical implementation of ecosystem services principles
The practical implementation of England…‘Ecosystem Services’ principles

  • Framing the ‘ecosystem service paradigm’:

    • An understanding of the link to beneficiaries is essential

    • An understanding of ‘minimum service levels’ is helpful

    • An awareness of multi-functionality and trade-offs between service output is vital

    • An understanding of the role that biodiversity plays in ES is fundamental

    • Analysis of the value of benefits and the costs of ecosystem maintenance/restoration is necessary

    • ????....

  • How do we articulate these through an ‘ecosystems approach’ and how can we embed these ideas in decision making?


Cices
CICES? England…

  • Not a classification but a framework

  • A framework in which translations and customisation is possible

  • A framework which supports multiple purposes

  • A framework that demonstrates benefits of being able to cross reference…

  • So CICES or CIFES?


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