Products or services provided by the ecosystem
Freight transport, canal towpaths as cycling and walking routes
Canal water abstracted for use by industry for cooling and process
Hydro power plants; use of canal water as a heat exchanger
Proximity to a pristine canal adds around 20% to residential values
Volunteers delivering works and services on waterways reducing the
call on public funds
Benefits from the regulation of ecosystem processes
Carbon savings from transport and renewable energy compared with other
transport modes and energy sources.
Canals are part of a nation’s land drainage resource and in times of flood can
help manage flow and dispersal of water.
The volume of water within canals helps dilute the effects of pollution and
Initiatives have taken place to improve the quality of water within canals.
The non-material benefits people obtain from the environment
The quality of life benefits people gain from participating in activities on
or beside the waterways.
The quality of life benefits people gain from the existence of waterways,
their heritage and landscapes, whether they visit or not.
Benefits delivered through the use of waterways as a learning resource
e.g. as an outdoor classroom for schoolchildren
Health & wellbeing
Improvements in people’s physical health and mental well-being resulting
from involvements with waterways.