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Nature conservation and ecosystem service delivery 2013


This project assesses how nature conservation management affects ecosystem service (ES) delivery. The UK National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA) published in June 2011 was the first independent assessment of the state and trends in the UK’s ecosystems and the benefits they provide to society and the economy. The NEA provides a substantial evidence base of the services that nature provides (ecosystem services), how these have changed over the past decades, prospects for the future and the benefits of these to society.

A key finding from the NEA was that the links between biodiversity and ecosystem services were not well understood. In addition to this it is unclear how the management of areas for nature conservation affects the delivery of ecosystem services. Nature conservation takes place both within designated areas and in the wider environment. The aim of this project is to understand the ecosystem service delivery trade-offs that occur from different management choices and how management / designation affects the value of the services delivered.

The project considers both designated sites and the wider environment (i.e. areas outside designated sites), and draws on existing projects and analyses to provide a range of case studies that illustrate how ecosystem service delivery is affected by nature conservation management. Ecosystem service delivery matrices for the case studies are provided in appendices 1–9.

Resource type Publication

Topic category Environment

Reference date 2013·09·01

Eastwood, A., Nijnik, M., Brooker, R., Pakeman, R., Artz, R., Norton, L., Ross, L., Bullock, J.M., Vellinga, N., Albon, S., Fielding, D., Irvine, R.J., Ramsay, S. & Cooksley, S. 2013. Nature conservation and ecosystem service delivery. JNCC Report No. 492, JNCC, Peterborough, ISSN 0963-8091.

This project assesses how nature conservation management affects ecosystem service delivery.

Responsible organisation
Communications, JNCC publisher

Limitations on public access No limitations

Use constraints Available under the Open Government Licence 3.0

Metadata date 2020·07·21

Metadata point of contact
Communications, JNCC

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