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Valuing Nature Network (VNN) Director, Steve Albon, introduces the first meeting of the peatland VNN project, 18th January 2012

Valuing Nature Network (VNN) Director, Steve Albon, introduces the first meeting of the peatland VNN project, 18th January 2012


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  • 1. NERC Interdisciplinary Network for Valuing Biodiversity, Ecosystem Services & Natural Resource Use The Valuing Nature Network (VNN) www.valuing-nature.netAssessing and valuing peatland ecosystem services for sustainable management Leeds 18th January 2012
  • 2. Contemporary Context National Ecosystem Natural Environment Water Assessment (UK-NEA) White Paper White Paper ”A vision for future water“Applying the ecosystem service “Aims to mainstream the management in which water framework across the UK” value of nature across our is valued as the precious and society” finite resource it is”
  • 3. Context – Land Use Strategy (Scotland)VisionA Scotland where we fully recognise,understand and value the importance of ourland resources, and where our plans anddecisions about land use deliver improvedand enduring benefits, enhancing thewellbeing of our nation.Objectives• Land based businesses working with natureto contribute more to Scotland’s prosperity• Responsible stewardship of Scotland’snatural resources delivering more benefitsto Scotland’s people• Urban and rural communities betterconnected to the land, with morepeople enjoying the land and positivelyinfluencing land use
  • 4. Network Objectives1. Building a new community by bridging research disciplines and engaging stakeholders • To date nearly 600 people have joined the Network with most taking part in intensive workshops, town meetings and the wider research community meetings in 2011 • Synergies and integration established through eight working groups/ projects funded by NERC and Defra. • Engagement with major UK private and public institutions, the national and international research community. o Ninth project with multi-national business imminent.2. Developing a new science agenda • The novel science questions that form the basis of both the current phase and the foundations for the next phase of VNN were forged within the workshops and have the ownership of the entire community.
  • 5. Conceptual Framework Drivers of Change Natural Resources Policy & management Air, land water, biodiversity Socio-economic Environmental Ecosystem Services (including external (Supporting, Regulating, Provisioning, Cultural) pressures) Other Capital Goods for people (manufactured, human, etc) Individual Collective shared wellbeing values wellbeing values Governance Implementation Global, EU, State, Private sector and other actors Regulation etc. VALUATION Scale, place and time sensitive Monetary valuation of market Non-monetary assessments & non-market goods (quantitative & qualitative) Economic (£) Health (+/-) Shared social values (/) Decisions
  • 6. Current Co-constructed Challenges • How can the complexity of socio-ecological systems be incorporated into valuations of biodiversity, ecosystem services and natural resource use? • How can stock sustainability be incorporated within valuations of biodiversity, ecosystem services and natural resource use? • How can issues of scale be incorporated within valuations of biodiversity, ecosystem services and natural resource use? • How do we integrate information on values obtained from the natural sciences, economics and other social sciences into governance and so improve decision making and how can such improved decisions be implemented effectively?
  • 7. Projects funded Interdisciplinary methods to build a socio-ecological decision-making tool to inform marine governance and policy Susan Chilton (Newcastle) BRIDGE: Bridging the gap between supply and demand for valuation evidence Mike Christie (Aberystwyth) Scale dependence of stocks and flows in the valuation of ecosystem services Laurence Jones (CEH) Valuing the impacts of ecosystem service interactions for policy effectiveness Alistair McVittie (SAC) Capturing differentiated experience of change to ensure pro-poor ecosystem service interventions are fit for purpose E.J. Milner-Gulland (Imperial College) Assessing and valuing peatland ecosystem services for sustainable management Mark Reed (Aberdeen), Aletta Bonn (IUCN), Klaus Glenk, (SAC) Chris Evans (CEH) Interdisciplinary quantitative ecosystem services team (INQUEST) Ron Smith (CEH) Environmental and ecological economics and management Kerry Turner (UEA) NEED TO BE MORE THAN A SET OF CASE STUDIES!
  • 8. What are the generic lessons? Drivers of Change Natural Resources Policy & management Air, land water, biodiversity Socio-economic Environmental Ecosystem Services (including external (Supporting, Regulating, Provisioning, Cultural) pressures) Other Capital Goods for people (manufactured, human, etc) Individual Collective shared wellbeing values wellbeing values Governance Implementation Global, EU, State, Private sector and other actors Regulation etc. VALUATION Scale, place and time sensitive Monetary valuation of market Non-monetary assessments & non-market goods (quantitative & qualitative) Economic (£) Health (+/-) Shared social values (/) Decisions
  • 9. Looking forward: Centenary of the British Ecological Society Symposium proposal - Valuing Nature: progress towards a more comprehensive valuation of natural capital and ecosystem service benefits for society
  • 10. VNN2: Continuing valuation researchAlthough we are still many months away from a formal bid for funding we arein discussions with NERC and other funders in the LWEC partnership. Manykey players have already pledged their support further work on valuation,these include members of NERC Science and Innovation Strategy Board,leaders within the policy, private sector and NGO/third sector fields.