Co$ting Nature is a web-based tool (Policy Support System - PSS) for analysing the ecosystem services provided by natural environments, identifying the beneficiaries of these services and assessing the impacts of human interventions. Co$ting Nature incorporates detailed spatial datasets at 1-square km and 1-hectare resolution for the entire world. It has been applied to a range of site-scale and national-scale context globally, including sites in the UK. This example uses the Co$ting Nature tool to examine water-related services in Cumbria. Extensive native woodland and scrub planting is being carried out in upland Cumbria. This has the potential to significantly impact ecosystem service delivery. There is, therefore, a need for evidence to aid decision making on a local scale. Water provisionary and regulating services are currently extremely important in Cumbria, due to severe flooding of the county. As a result, emphasis on how changes in land use of upland areas can help mitigate flooding are important to stakeholders and inform decision making on a local scale. Co$ting Nature allowed baseline data to be drawn within the study site boundaries and compared with the different impacts afforestation scenarios may provide.
University of Cumbria, Forestry Commission England
Which ecosystem services were focused on?:
- Drinking water
- Water supply
- Climate regulation
- Flood control
- Hazard regulation
Impacts of reforestation on Ecosystem Services in an Upland Landscape in the UK: an analysis with WaterWorld and Co$ting Nature, available at: http://blog.policysupport.org/2016/09/impacts-of-reforestation-on-ecosys...