Although there are lots of issues with the way land is managed (urban, forest, SWW, railway, industry) we work predominantly with the farming sector which covers the major part of the landscape.
The pressures from agriculture can impact at various levels and scales including algal blooms on the lakes, pesticide spikes on the abstraction points, flooding in TamertonFoliot, sedimentation of navigation channels, etc…
We need food from our catchments never more so than now and we need other services from our catchments as described above. We probably therefore need to rebalance what we our catchments to achieve something between these two examples. How do we get to this point?
Same as before but only for abstraction points (rivers, reservoirs, water shunting routes & ground water abstraction) – the same as our UST map
Same as before but includes floodplains and only includes areas that upstream of flooding areas (accumulated). Shows interest in Exe over Tamar
Existing Wetland and woodland as well as Potential Wetland and woodland and Strategic Nature Areas
Culmination of 7 exploitable ecosystem services out of a possible 35 – highlights Dartmoor and Exmoor as well as estuaries.
Agricensus data to look at intensity of cattle and arable land use with natural areas and urban removed – Ottery and CulmWe know what areas are multi functional and what the current agricultural so how much is currently used
Multifunctional areas clipped at 7 points = 20% of landscapeBlue = currently not intensive agriculture 13%; Red = conflict between intensive agriculture and eco services 7%This equals 32,000ha – at the rate we have been working with farms (roughly £5k per ha) this is £160m
Payments for Ecosystem Services
By Laurence Couldrick - Westcountry Rivers Trust
What do we get from our catchments?
Paid Ecosystem Services – IN PRACTICE
Buyer - SWW
- Estimated cost/benefit ratio
- Sold to OFWAT
- 65p from bill payers = £9m
Intermediary - WRT
- Ensure works do not
degrade other services
- Minimise admin costs
- Monitor concept
Seller - Farmer
- Instigate works
- Change practices
Interventions - £1.48m grant against £3m of works