Dearne Valley Green Heart, Yorkshire: Valuing Ecosystem Services

Project description: 

This case study aims to present how a combined ecosystem services and economic valuation approach can be used to understand the implications of an environmental conservation plan. It uses a value transfer methodology to assess the costs and benefits of possible changes in ecosystem services from a local restoration project in the Dearne Valley. The Dearne Valley is a semi-rural landscape which follows the River Dearne in South Yorkshire. The Dearne Valley Green Heart (DVGH) project is a large, coordinated restoration project to restore habitat and enhance the ecosystem services of the local environment. A Natural England report summarises the likely effects the DVGH project may have on the ecosystem services provided in the area. A baseline is established, and a qualitative and quantitative assessment of the ecosystem service changes is calculated. A monetary valuation is estimated for each of the ecosystem services investigated. Baseline economic values are estimated, and a monetary value for ecosystem service changes is assigned.

Organisations involved: 

Natural England

Scale of project: 
Dearne Valley, South Yorkshire
Total area covered by project: 
13 (sq. km)
Special purposes of project: 
Map economic values of ecosystem services
Map social/cultural values
What ecosystem service classification was used?: 

Not specified

Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

  • Aesthetic/inspiration
  • Education
  • Recreation/tourism
  • Spiritual/religious
  • Crops, livestock, fish
  • Drinking water
  • Energy
  • Fibre
  • Food
  • Trees, standing vegetation, peat
  • Carbon sequestration & storage
  • Climate regulation
  • Detoxification and purification in air, soils and water
  • Erosion control
  • Flood control
Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Enclosed farmland
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
Mountains, moors and heaths
Semi-natural grasslands
Baseline data: 
Habitat or land cover
Human census
Land use data
Contact name: 
Dr. Rob Tinch
Contact job title: 
Lead researcher on case studies: Valuing Changes in Ecosystem Services
425 Chaussee de la Hulpe, Brussels, B-1170
32(0)2 7911003