Valuing nature’s services and involving local communities are two aspects of an ecosystems approach that are just beginning to be put together. On 5th June 2014, the Ecosystems Knowledge Network organised a field trip in partnership with the Lewes and Ouse Valley eco-nomics Group (L&OVe) to explore the different tools that can be used to involve communities in recognising the value of ecosystem services. Lewes is the county town of East Sussex, situated on the south coast of England. L&OVe has developed a number of tools in order to involving communities in Lewes in the recognition of what nature does for people.
Forty people participated in the event, examining the L&OVe tools, as well as other resources such as Talking About Our Place, developed by Scottish Natural Heritage.
A short report on the event is available. Links to the following presentations were given during the day:
- Chalking up the Benefits: Introduction to Lewes and Ouse Valley eco-nomics group and the tools being developed. Colin Tingle, L&OVe.
- Talking About Our Place: How to involve local communities with ecosystem services. Laura Jagota, Countryscape.
- Recognition of values among beneficiaries and providers of ecosystem services. Sacha Rogers, Penny Anderson Associates.
- Short introduction to issues around the valuation of ecosystem services: a new economics perspective. Chris Williams, New Economics Foundation.
The following workshop sessions took place:
- Experiential mapping – a doorway into community engagement with the value of local ecosystem services.
- Capturing value for the farming community.
- Involving local communities in landscape planning and management.
For an outline of the event see the flyer.