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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…
  • 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

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
  • 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
  • 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 ‘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?
  • 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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