Status and Changes in the UK Ecosystems and their Services to Society: Northern Ireland

Project description: 

The Northern Ireland Ecosystem Synthesis is presented as a chapter in the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (NEA) Technical Report (2011). It introduces the habitats and ecosystems of Northern Ireland and how the various services provided by those ecosystems impact on Northern Ireland’s people. The document first provides an assessment of the extent and condition of Northern Ireland’s habitats. It then looks at what ecosystem services they provide, and what information is available on the value of those services in economic, social and health terms. It goes on to identify existing and potential future drivers for change and to identify where additional work is required if the ecosystem approach is to realise its full potential. It provides a baseline of existing information in 2010, but it is not exhaustive due to timescale and resource limitations. The Northern Ireland Synthesis document should be seen as a first step, an introduction to how the ecosystem approach can be used to inform policy development and management decisions to help Northern Ireland’s environment continue to function efficiently and deliver a range of benefits to its residents and visitors.

Organisations involved: 

UK National Ecosystem Assessment

Scale of project: 
Northern Ireland
Total area covered by project: 
14130 (sq. km)
Special purposes of project: 
Map ecosystem services
Create accounts
What ecosystem service classification was used?: 


Which ecosystem services were focused on?: 

  • Aesthetic/inspiration
  • Sense of place/heritage
  • Education
  • Health and well-being
  • Recreation/tourism
  • Spiritual/religious
  • Crops, livestock, fish
  • Drinking water
  • Energy
  • Fibre
  • Food
  • Trees, standing vegetation, peat
  • Water supply
  • Carbon sequestration & storage
  • Climate regulation
  • Detoxification and purification in air, soils and water
  • Erosion control
  • Flood control
  • Hazard regulation
  • Noise regulation
  • Pollination
  • Pollution
Habitats mapped for ecosystem services: 
Coastal margins
Enclosed farmland
Freshwater, wetlands and floodplains
Mountains, moors and heaths
Semi-natural grasslands
Baseline data: 
Biological monitoring data
Habitat or land cover
Habitat quality and/or condition
Human census
Land use data
Contact name: 
Dr. Susan Christie
Contact job title: 
Coordinating Lead Author