Staffordshire Ecosystem Assessment: valuation of ecosystem services for Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent

Project description: 

The aim of this research project is to identify and quantify the value of ecosystem services provided by rural and urban habitats in Staffordshire. The report also provides an assessment of the specific services provided by the Country Parks owned and managed by Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent County Councils. The value of ecosystem services are assessed in three steps: in monetary terms (where available scientific evidence and data permit); through case study examples; and through qualitative assessment outlining the links between ecosystems and human wellbeing. A next step is to create ecosystem service supply and demand maps in collaboration with stakeholders to promote understanding and uptake of decisions. A Staffordshire Green Infrastructure Strategy will be created based on the Ecosystem Approach.

Organisations involved: 

Staffordshire County Council

Scale of project: 
Regional
Location: 
County of Staffordshire, including unitary area of Stoke-on-Trent
Total area covered by project: 
2717 (sq. km)
Special purposes of project: 
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?: 

Provisioning
  • Crops, livestock, fish
  • Trees, standing vegetation, peat
  • Water supply
  • Wild species
  • Food
  • Fibre
  • Energy
  • Drinking water
Regulating
  • Climate regulation
  • Disease and pest regulation
  • Detoxification and purification in air, soils and water
  • Pollination
  • Hazard regulation
  • Noise regulation
  • Pollution
  • Flood control
  • Erosion control
  • Carbon sequestration & storage
Cultural
  • Recreation/tourism
  • Aesthetic/inspiration
  • Spiritual/religious
  • Education
  • Health and well-being
Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Enclosed farmland
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
Mountains, moors and heaths
Semi-natural grasslands
Urban
Woodland
Further detail on habitats: 

Wood pasture/parkland

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: 
Ali Glaisher
Contact job title: 
Principal Ecologist
Organisation: 
Staffordshire County Council
Address: 
1 Staffordshire Place, Stafford, ST16 2LP
Phone: 
01785 277254
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