Mapping Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services in the Nene Valley

Project description: 

A major project identifying, mapping and valuing natural capital and ecosystem services across the Nene Valley. The monetary value of three ecosystem services was assessed and valued at £118.7m each year. Eleven other ecosystem services were mapped, and presented in the form of supply and demand maps. The aims of this project were to: highlight the key benefits provided by the natural environment; increase understanding of the interdependencies between the environment, economy and people; and to aid planners and decision makers.

Organisations involved: 

Nene Valley, University of Northampton, Natural Capital Solutions Ltd

Scale of project: 
Nene Valley, primarily in Northamptonshire
Total area covered by project: 
1700 (sq. km)
Special purposes of project: 
Map ecosystem services
Map economic values of ecosystem services
Create accounts
What ecosystem service classification was used?: 


Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

  • Aesthetic/inspiration
  • Recreation/tourism
  • Crops, livestock, fish
  • Food
  • Water supply
  • Carbon sequestration & storage
  • Climate regulation
  • Detoxification and purification in air, soils and water
  • Noise regulation
  • Pollination
Other ecosystem services included: 

Tranquillity; Accessible nature; Green travel

Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Enclosed farmland
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
Mountains, moors and heaths
Baseline data: 
Admin boundaries
Biological monitoring data
Habitat or land cover
Human census
Infrastructure data
Land use data
Protected or designated areas data
Rivers data
Contact name: 
Jim Rouquette
Natural Capital Solutions & University of Northampton
Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences, University of Northampton, Avenue Campus, Northampton, NN2 6JD
07790 105375