Ecosystem Accounts for Protected Areas in England and Scotland: The Broads National Park

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 The Borders. It maps the physical and monetary flows of 15 ecosystem services.

Organisations involved: 

AECOM, Defra, The Scottish Government

Scale of project: 
Local
Location: 
The Broads National Park
Total area covered by project: 
303 (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?: 

UKNEA
 

Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

Cultural
  • Aesthetic/inspiration
  • Sense of place/heritage
  • Education
  • Recreation/tourism
Provisioning
  • Crops, livestock, fish
  • Drinking water
  • Energy
  • Food
  • Trees, standing vegetation, peat
  • Water supply
Regulating
  • 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
Semi-natural grasslands
Woodland
Baseline data: 
Biological monitoring data
Habitat or land cover
Habitat quality and/or condition
Protected or designated areas data
Rivers data
Contact name: 
Chris White
Contact job title: 
Senior Environmental Economist
Organisation: 
AECOM
Address: 
Aldgate Tower, 2 Leman Street, London, E1 8FA
Phone: 
020 7061 7000 (General enquiries)
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