Ecosystem Accounts for Protected Areas in England and Scotland: Aberdeenshire

Project description: 

A Defra and Scottish Government funded project to scope the potential for developing ecosystem accounts for protected and other land areas in the UK. The extent and condition of ecosystem assets was quantified for six pilot areas: Aberdeenshire, Dorset AONB, Lake District National Park, New Forest National Park, The Borders, and The Broads National Park.  The project will have two benefits; firstly, to test and apply methodologies for natural capital accounting, and secondly to create a valuable tool to help inform ecosystem resource management decisions within the pilot areas. This report provides an overview of the quantity and quality of ecosystems in Aberdeenshire. It maps the physical and monetary flows of 15 ecosystem services.

Organisations involved: 

AECOM, Defra, The Scottish Government

Scale of project: 
Total area covered by project: 
6313 (sq. km)
Special purposes of project: 
Map ecosystem services
Map economic values of ecosystem services
Map social/cultural values
Create accounts
What ecosystem service classification was used?: 


Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

  • Aesthetic/inspiration
  • Sense of place/heritage
  • Education
  • Recreation/tourism
  • Crops, livestock, fish
  • Drinking water
  • Energy
  • Food
  • Trees, standing vegetation, peat
  • Water supply
  • Climate regulation
  • Detoxification and purification in air, soils and water
  • Flood control
  • Hazard regulation
Other ecosystem services included: 

Existence value of green spaces

Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Enclosed farmland
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
Mountains, moors and heaths
Semi-natural grasslands
Baseline data: 
Biological monitoring data
Habitat or land cover
Habitat quality and/or condition
Rivers data
Contact name: 
Chris White
Contact job title: 
Senior Environmental Economist
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