Tool Assessor - Supporting practical assessment of natural capital in land-use decision making
JNCC commissioned the Ecosystems Knowledge Network to develop an information resource on the wide range of analytical tools focused on the needs of potential users. The aim of this ‘Tool Assessor’ is to aid the practical application of the natural capital, green infrastructure and ecosystem service concepts in day-to-day land-use decision-making in the UK.
The process of characterising, measuring,
valuing and monitoring what nature does for people is complex. It
requires the integration of diverse social and environmental data.
For this reason, there is growing interest in analytical ‘tools’
that help us understand the positive connection between the
environment and people’s wellbeing. The purpose of these tools is
to ensure that planning and management of the environment takes
into account the diverse ways in which it supports wellbeing. They
can provide a structured means of handling data for a defined area,
and producing outputs such as maps, statistics and economic
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Please cite as: Howard, B., Neumann, J. & O’Riordan, R., (2016), Tool Assessor - Supporting practical assessment of natural capital in land-use decision making, JNCC Report 584, ISSN 09638091