Biodiversity and the provision of multiple ecosystem services in current and future lowland multifunctional landscapes

Lead Research Organisation: RSPB
Department Name: Conservation Science Department

Abstract

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Planned Impact

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Publications

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Description In aggregate, the papers flowing from this collaborative work have made an important contribution to our understanding of the role of biodiversity, and specific elements of biodiversity, in underpinning the cultural ecosystem services that people derive from lowland landscapes.
Exploitation Route Our findings contribute to a growing volume of research addressing the importance of biodiversity in underpinning human wellbeing which, for a membership-based conservation organization, is useful in nuancing how we talk about biodiversity to different audience segments.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Environment,Healthcare,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Government, Democracy and Justice

 
Description Our findings have contribute to a growing volume of research addressing the importance of biodiversity in underpinning human wellbeing which, for my membership-based conservation organization, has been useful in developing the nuancing around how we talk about biodiversity to different audience segments.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Environment,Other
Impact Types Cultural

 
Description Cross-disciplinary working to help further the development of the understanding of the role of biodiversity in generating cultural ecosystem services. 
Organisation Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution As a team, we are wrestling with how to assess the impacts of land-use decisions on cultural ecosystem services, and their relationship to biodiversity change. As a biologist and conservationist, my role has been to help consider appropriate metrics of biodiversity.
Collaborator Contribution The Cranfield team bring a wealth of social science experience to the partnership, introducing me to approaches for eliciting human preferences and measures of well-being.
Impact This multi-disciplinary work, involving me (ecologist/ornithologist/conservationist), economists and other social scientists has produced its first output - a paper on cultural ecosystem services derived from lowland agricultural settings, submitted to the Journal of Environmental Psychology. This paper has been through one set of revisions and is still under review. Three other papers are being prepared, two of which are close to submission.
Start Year 2012
 
Description Cross-disciplinary working to help further the development of the understanding of the role of biodiversity in generating cultural ecosystem services. 
Organisation Cranfield University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution As a team, we are wrestling with how to assess the impacts of land-use decisions on cultural ecosystem services, and their relationship to biodiversity change. As a biologist and conservationist, my role has been to help consider appropriate metrics of biodiversity.
Collaborator Contribution The Cranfield team bring a wealth of social science experience to the partnership, introducing me to approaches for eliciting human preferences and measures of well-being.
Impact This multi-disciplinary work, involving me (ecologist/ornithologist/conservationist), economists and other social scientists has produced its first output - a paper on cultural ecosystem services derived from lowland agricultural settings, submitted to the Journal of Environmental Psychology. This paper has been through one set of revisions and is still under review. Three other papers are being prepared, two of which are close to submission.
Start Year 2012
 
Description help with TESSA CES module 
Organisation Cranfield University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We convened a workshop to develop a cultural services module for a new ecosystem services assessment toolkit (TESSA)
Collaborator Contribution Dr Helen King (BESS post-doc, Cranfield University) kindly helped with the workshop, bringing her unique knowledge to the table
Impact CES module tested in 3 field projects and incorporated in new version of TESSA for release in summer 2017.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Wessex-BESS stakeholder workshop to communicate project results to practitioner audience 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact circa 15 professionals (mainly from the conservation sector, but with representation of other sectors) attended a bespoke workshop of the Wessex-BESS project, to cascade to them the scientific results of the project in an accessible way, in the hope that this information (on the wider public benefits of ecosystem management) would inform their own advocacy for the benefits of nature-friendly land management approaches.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017