Wales Environment Research Hub - Tim Pagella, WERH

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Presentation given at the Collaborative by Nature event (#gecoenv) in Cardiff on 11th November 2011.

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Wales Environment Research Hub - Tim Pagella, WERH

  1. 1. Wales Environment Research Hub Collaborative by Nature: Interoperable Geospatial Approaches to the EnvironmentTim Pagella,WERH
  2. 2. The purpose of WERH is to:“Provide coordination and promotecollaboration in the environmental researchsector, to strengthen the evidence base forpractical policies and actions in support ofthe Wales Environment Strategy”
  3. 3. The Wales Environment Research Hub (WERH) is located on the ground floor of the Environment Centre Wales building in Bangor
  4. 4. WERH is sponsored by: The Welsh Government, Department for Environment and Sustainability (DES) Countryside Council for Wales (CCW) Environment Agency Wales (EAW) Forestry Commission Wales (FCW). WERH also receives in-kind support from: Bangor University and CEH
  5. 5. Hub’s Overarching Roles (from Hub legal agreement, 2011-2013) informing the science-policy Interface identification of immediate evidence needs and futures- orientated assessments developing an overview of collaborative ventures and identification of opportunities Contributing to Welsh datasets knowledge translation and exchange
  6. 6. Head of SEED Sustainability & Environmental Evidence Division Welsh Government research programme priorities a) Ecosystem Services and Valuation; NEF (Natural Environment Framework),Defra NEA (National Ecosystem Assessment) b) Climate change – Mitigation, Impacts and Adaptation; c) Environmental monitoring in Wales; d) Water resources and aquatic environments HEIs (freshwater and marine) Wales EnvironmentWales rural Research Hub observatory CEH Bangorobservatory EAW CCW FCW
  7. 7. WERH products and services: Databases of environmental research, organisations and funding opportunities Website to disseminate information about environmental research in Wales Themed reviews and reports Hosting of workshops and conferences, including joint-use of Environment Centre Wales (ECW) facilities “Hot-desks” in Hub office for use by visiting researchers
  8. 8. Hub Priority Work Themes 1) Ecosystem Services and Valuation 2) Climate Change – Mitigation, Impacts and Adaptation 3) Environmental Monitoring in Wales 4) Integrated Land and Water Management
  9. 9. Ecosystem servicesEcosystem Services • Ecosystem services are benefits people derive from natureSupporting Provisioning • Where human activity has modified natural ecosystems the services derived from them has Regulating changed and most often been degraded Cultural • The total land area of Wales is 2.1m ha of which 81% is in some form of agricultural use
  10. 10. “...in defining what the „significant‟ functions of an ecosystem are andwhat constitutes an „ecosystem service‟, an understanding of spatialcontext (geographical location), societal choices and values (bothmonetary and non-monetary) is as important, as knowledge about thestructure and dynamics of ecological systems themselves.”(Haines-Young and Potschin , 2009)Managing landscapes for ecosystem services requires spatially explicitunderstanding of the flows of services from one area to another.
  11. 11. Moorland slows run-offOpportunity & locks up carbon Hills provide recreation &Mapping –our life drinking water Wind and water power forsupport system renewable energy Woodland for recreation, biofuels, Trees and green spaces carbon store and in town improve quality education of life Allotments provide food Country park Trees improve air quality provides: around motorway •Healthy leisure and exercise •Urban wildlife Pond balances storm flow Food production Green Infrastructure around business park Sustainable drainage system
  12. 12. UK NationalEcosystemAssessment
  13. 13. Delivery of Ecosystem Services
  14. 14. Environment Agency: Land use and Environmental Services Report - 2009
  15. 15. Spatial relationships between Social Deprivation and Environmental Quality in WalesIndex of Multiple Deprivation (8 variables) Index of Environmental Quality (13 variables)Dr I Durance at Cardiff University for WERH
  16. 16. A Living Wales: Natural EnvironmentFrameworkBased on an Ecosystem ApproachGuiding PrincipleTo ensure that Wales has increasingly resilient and diverse ecosystems that are managed to deliver economic, social and environmental benefits.Workstreams Ecosystem Health Valuing Ecosystems Social Science and Behaviour Change Geographical Information Systems Regulatory and Management Approaches Engagement and Communications
  17. 17. DATA LAYERS
  18. 18. WERH Report:A review of thepotential use ofspatial tools fordecision makingin ecosystemservice provision Output from InVEST (Nelson et al., 2009)
  19. 19. Mapping requirements for assessing ecosystem service requirementsexpanded from the stock-flow-receptor conceptual framework
  20. 20. Summary of therelationships betweenecosystem mappingapproaches (n=52) andthe conceptualframeworkThe studies aredisaggregated by scalewhere blue = nationalscale, green =landscape scale andorange = local scale). 1
  21. 21. Current focus is at National and Regional scalesThere is a strongneed to implementpolicy at local scalesfor effectiveecosystemmanagement.
  22. 22. Mapping requirements for assessing ecosystem service requirementsexpanded from the stock-flow-receptor conceptual framework
  23. 23. Dr Shaun RussellDirector, Wales Environment Research Hub (WERH)  Website: www.werh.org  E-mail: info@werh.org  Tel: 01248 382918

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