The Cairngorms National Park Management project is one of Openness’ (Operationalisation of Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services) 27 global case study sites. The aim of these case studies is to work collaboratively with stakeholders to identify the problems they face in operationalising the Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services concepts in their specific policy and decision-making context. A project within the Cairngorms National Park conducted recreation opportunity mapping at the park scale, using The Ecosystem Service Mapping Tool (ESTIMAP) to assess the capacity of ecosystems to provide out-door recreational opportunities. Recreation was evaluated using a composite model that produced both a ‘Recreation Potential’ map (the capacity of land and ecosystems to support recreational activities), and a ‘Recreation Opportunity’ map (the proximity of Recreation Potential to prospective users).
Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) UK
Which ecosystem services were focused on?: