Biodiversity Stategy and Action for the UK; using the Co$ting Nature tool

Project description: 

Co$ting Nature is a web-based tool (Policy Support System - PSS) for analysing the ecosystem services provided by natural environments, identifying the beneficiaries of these services and assessing the impacts of human interventions. Co$ting Nature incorporates detailed spatial datasets at 1-square km and 1-hectare resolution for the entire world. It has been applied to a range of site-scale and national-scale contexts globally, including sites in the UK. This example uses the Co$ting Nature tool to examine baseline biodiversity, ecosystem services, pressures and threats in the UK and examines the lessons for conservation strategies, including the potential of increased investments in agri-environmental stewardship schemes.

Organisations involved: 

Kings College London

Scale of project: 
England, Ireland
Total area covered by project: 
180000 (sq. km)
Special purposes of project: 
Map ecosystem services
What ecosystem service classification was used?: 


Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

  • Aesthetic/inspiration
  • Recreation/tourism
  • Drinking water
  • Water supply
  • Wild species
  • Climate regulation
  • Detoxification and purification in air, soils and water
  • Erosion control
  • Flood control
  • Hazard regulation
  • Pollution
Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Coastal margins
Enclosed farmland
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
Mountains, moors and heaths
Semi-natural grasslands
Further detail on habitats: 

All habitats in the UK

Baseline data: 
Admin boundaries
Biological monitoring data
Habitat or land cover
Habitat quality and/or condition
Human census
Infrastructure data
Land use data
Rivers data
Key outputs available: 
Contact name: 
Mark Mulligan
Kings College London
Department of Geography, King's College London, Strand Campus, London, WC2R 2LS
020 7848 2280