This project aims to improve land and water management decisions in Strathard using an ecosystem approach. SEPA and other project partners are using a range of techniques to gather information on ecosystems and their services. An important part of the ecosystems approach is taking into account the views of different stakeholder groups and local communities. This is being done using surveys, participatory GIS mapping, and community events. The information gathered from stakeholders is being integrated with outputs from more detailed modelling of selected ecosystem services using approaches developed by Forest Research’s Land Use and Ecosystem Services (LUES). The results are being used to evaluate and compare the effects of different land and water management actions. Opportunity maps have been created to help target a range of priority management actions, including: natural flood management, woodland planting, and improved water habitat connectivity. The first phase of this project started in October 2015. Action plans should take place during 2017-2019. This project is part of the wider LUES programme.
Forest Research, SEPA (Scottish Environment Protection Agency)
Which ecosystem services were focused on?:
- Sense of place/heritage
- Health and well-being
- Crops, livestock, fish
- Drinking water
- Trees, standing vegetation, peat
- Water supply
- Climate regulation
- Detoxification and purification in air, soils and water
- Erosion control
- Flood control
- Hazard regulation
- Noise regulation
Strathard - a landscape to live, work & play, Community Partnership hub, available at: http://www.thecommunitypartnership.org.uk/project/strathard-a-place-to-l...
Strathard - a landscape to live, work and play, A Story Map, available at: https://forestry.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=503d41e...
Information on the wider Land Use and Ecosystem Services (LUES) programme, available at: https://www.forestry.gov.uk/fr/lues#Evidence%20and knowledge