East Suffolk Catchments Plan: Environmental Services Evidence Review

Project description: 

The core of the East Suffolk Catchments Plan is a series of maps which describe the catchments in terms of the ecosystem services they provide, such as flood attenuation, water purification and green spaces. The maps also show where pressures are acting on these ecosystems and identify ‘opportunity areas’ where improvement projects are likely to be most beneficial. The maps were produced by identifying the features in the landscape responsible for providing an ecosystem service (e.g. designated sites provide habitats for wildlife) and then assessing the current condition of the ecosystem and its ability to provide the service in question. Maps were produced for: water quality; flood attenuation; wildlife habitat creation; carbon regulation; and recreational opportunities. The Plan goes on to summarise the Catchment Improvement Measures (follow-on projects) to be implemented in East Suffolk, to maximise ecosystem service benefits and help meet Suffolk’s Water Framework Directive (WFD) obligations.

Organisations involved: 

Essex and Suffolk Rivers Trust

Scale of project: 
Suffolk Catchment, southern East Anglia
Total area covered by project: 
1595 (sq. km)
Special purposes of project: 
Map ecosystem services
What ecosystem service classification was used?: 

Services most relevant to the Suffolk Catchment were selected

Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

  • Recreation/tourism
  • Carbon sequestration & storage
  • Detoxification and purification in air, soils and water
  • Flood control
  • Hazard regulation
Other ecosystem services included: 

Habitats for wildlife

Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Coastal margins
Enclosed farmland
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
Mountains, moors and heaths
Baseline data: 
Habitat or land cover
Habitat quality and/or condition
Human census
Infrastructure data
Protected or designated areas data
Rivers data
Key outputs available: 

East Suffolk Catchment Partnership: Environmental Services Evidence Review, available at:https://essexsuffolkriverstrust.org/east_suffolk_evidence_review_4-1-2/

East Suffolk Catchment Partnership, Online Map, available at: http://essexsuffolkrt.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=d41af...

Contact name: 
Essex and Suffolk Rivers Trust
Essex and Suffolk Rivers Trust
Dairley Farmhouse, Spains Hall Road, Finchingfield, Braintree, Essex, CM7 4NL