Going local: Community visualization of Ecosystem Services in Lewes, East Sussex

Project description: 

The project uses a large map of the area around Lewes to inspire workshop participants to identify the benefits the local environment provides to the community in Lewes. The workshop involved participants in 2 exercises using the map. Within exercise 1, groups selected one of several habitats drawn on the map. They 'became' that habitat and brainstormed to identify benefits that the habitat provided to Lewes. A plenary discussion helped participants share results and categorize ecosystem services into supporting, provisioning, regulating and cultural. Exercise 2 involved groups selecting an organisation/business in Lewes town and brainstorming the ecosystem services that the business benefits from. String and Blu-tac was used to connect the enterprise to the ecosystem services they used. The result was a map showing enterprises as part of a web of connections to ecosystem services produced in the local environment.

Organisations involved: 

Lewes & Ouse Valley eco-nomics

Scale of project: 
Lewes, East Sussex
Total area covered by project: 
100 (sq. km)
Special purposes of project: 
Map ecosystem services
Map economic values of ecosystem services
Map social/cultural values
Map health impacts
What ecosystem service classification was used?: 


Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

  • Aesthetic/inspiration
  • Education
  • Health and well-being
  • Recreation/tourism
  • Crops, livestock, fish
  • Drinking water
  • Energy
  • Food
  • Natural medicines
  • Trees, standing vegetation, peat
  • Water supply
  • Climate regulation
  • Detoxification and purification in air, soils and water
  • Disease and pest regulation
  • Erosion control
  • Flood control
  • Hazard regulation
  • Pollination
Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Enclosed farmland
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
Key outputs available: 

Poster of project, including maps and list of ecosystem services mapped, available at: http://www.lewes-eco-nomics.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Going_Local_p.... PowerPoint on valuing ecosystem services and its link with 'Chalking up the Benefits' project, available at: http://www.lewes-eco-nomics.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/Going_Local_p...

Contact name: 
Colin Tingle
Lewes & Ouse Valley eco-nomics
c/o 6 The Avenue, Lewes, E. Sussex, BN7 1QS
01273 474077