In recent years the concept of ‘ecosystem services’, or benefits from nature, has gained prominence in decision-making, ranging from the Convention on Biological Diversity Aichi Target, to the EU Biodiversity Strategy and the new Biodiversity Strategy for Scotland. The ecosystem services concept is seen by many as a useful paradigm to support decision-making at the complex interface between science, policy and practice. However, to be successful it requires a strong willingness for collaboration and joint understanding.
ESCom is an inclusive and open community with a wide constituency spread across Scotland. We have members and partners from across National Government, local authorities, government agencies, research organisations and universities, NGO's and private sector companies, including SME's.
ESCom Central is the governing body of ESCom. Chaired by Dr Marc Metzger and Dr Jan Dick, ESCom Central exists to facilitate outreach and knowledge exchange, and to ensure that ESCom thrives as an inclusive network representative of science, policy and practice.
ESCom Central is the governing body of ESCom. Chaired by Dr Marc Metzger, University of Edinburgh, and Dr Jan Dick, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, ESCom Central exists to help facilitate outreach and knowledge exchange, and to ensure that ESCom thrives as an inclusive network representative of science, policy and practice.
ESCom Central Staff
Marc Metzger, University of Edinburgh (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jan Dick, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (email@example.com)
Abi Gardner, University of Edinburgh (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alessandro Gimona, James Hutton Institute – (Alessandro.Gimona@hutton.ac.uk)
Kirsty Blackstock, James Hutton Institute - (email@example.com)
Michal Petr, Forest Research – (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Chloe Bellamy, Forest Research – (email@example.com)
Alison Hester, James Hutton Institute - (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Alistair McVittie, Scotland’s Rural College - (Alistair.email@example.com)
Joanna Drewitt, Scottish Government – (Joanna.Drewitt@scotland.gsi.gov.uk)
The following organisations and projects actively support ESCom through membership of ESCom Central and, in some cases, by providing financial support for activities.