Report 492
Nature conservation and ecosystem service delivery
(2013)
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.
Conservation actions include both the designation of sites and the management of sites to improve their conservation status. Although many studies have explored the impact of these actions on conservation outcomes, far fewer have explored their impact on ecosystem service delivery.

Introduction

 
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 - ES), 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).  The project  draws on existing projects and analyses to provide a range of case studies that illustrate how ES delivery (e.g. the type of ES delivered and where appropriate quantity and quality) is affected by nature conservation management. By doing this it will be possible to determine how ES delivery changes according to the management undertaken, and the different beneficiaries and trade-offs that occur.

 
 
 
A4, 72pp
ISSN 0963 8901
 
Please cite as: 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 492, A4, 72pp, ISSN 0963 8901