Ecosystem Accounts for Protected Areas in England and Scotland: Aberdeenshire
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A Defra and Scottish Government funded project to scope the potential for developing ecosystem accounts for protected and other land areas in the UK. The extent and condition of ecosystem assets was quantified for six pilot areas: Aberdeenshire, Dorset AONB, Lake District National Park, New Forest National Park, The Borders, and The Broads National Park. The project will have two benefits; firstly, to test and apply methodologies for natural capital accounting, and secondly to create a valuable tool to help inform ecosystem resource management decisions within the pilot areas. This report provides an overview of the quantity and quality of ecosystems in Aberdeenshire. It maps the physical and monetary flows of 15 ecosystem services.
What makes this innovative
This was a pioneering assessment of the contributions of natural features across a whole county to the people of that area. It involved innovative open-access mapping. It was one of the pilots for the first Land Use Strategy in Scotland.
The Scottish Government
Which ecosystem services were focused on?
- Sense of place/heritage
- Crops, livestock, fish
- Drinking water
- Trees, standing vegetation, peat
- Water supply
- Climate regulation
- Detoxification and purifiation in air, soils & water
- Flood control
- Hazard regulation
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