By Kirsty Blackstock, James Hutton Institute
On 28 June an ESCom Scotland event presented work by SNH, the Fraser of Allander Institute, SRUC and the James Hutton Institute assessing Scotland's natural capital and its impacts on the wellbeing and the economy
The 25th year since the first meeting of ialeUK is an opportunity to reflect on the increasing importance of landscape ecology and its affect over the next 25 years.
Green Infrastructure is many things to many people, but in general terms, it is the green features that exist in a landscape. This could be anything from existing parks and greenspaces through to designed environmental features such as green roofs and street trees.
ialeUK 2017 Student Workshop - application deadline extended to 7th April!
University of Edinburgh, 8th-9th May 2017
Land is a limited resource that must fulfil multiple functions. The big question is, how can we meet growing human demand for resources and ensure human well-being, without impairing biodiversity and ecosystem functions?
The GREEN SURGE International Urban Green Infrastructure conference, ‘Urban Green Infrastructure - Connecting People and Nature for Sustainable Cities’, will take place in Malmö on 20-21 September 2017.
This research project focuses on evaluating forest and tree resilience with characteristics of woodland and environmental conditions. It aims to analyse how past impacts of pests, diseases and abiotic disturbances may influenced tree resilience.
The 3rd international climate change adaptation conference with the theme “Our Climate Ready Future” will take place this year in Glasgow.
ialeUK conference 2017 is announced: 25 Years of Landscape Ecology
The workshop will consider how to change the culture, or framing, of environmental decision making to help make our approaches more participatory, systemic and holistic.
Jessica Maxwell (née Boucher) is the new Macaulay Development Trust (MDT) Fellow in Placemaking, Planning and Ecosystem Services in the Social, Economic and Geographical Sciences Group (SEGS).
A greater understanding of community's values, worldviews can help avoid tension and improve successful land management.
Society faces the challenge of balancing a wide range of aspirations in order to achieve a sustainable relationship with the environment.
Leading Ideas for Better Lives
Businesses, charities, communities and policy-makers will benefit from easier access to environmental and agricultural research carried out in Scotland, thanks to a collective launched today.
A recent paper explored and compared visitors' valuation of ecosystem services in the Pentland Hills and four of Edinburgh’s parks. Based on 715 responses to user surveys in both study areas the paper identified intense use and high social value for both areas.
The concept of ecosystem services has helped governments, businesses and non-government agencies think about how to live well on a finite planet, even if they don’t always use the language explicitly.
Vanessa Burton took ESCom members to Tilhill's Jerrah plantation to hear more about one of the largest woodland creation schemes in recent years.
Due to the interdisciplinary and anthropocentric nature of ecosystem services research, gaining traction in the ‘real-world’ requires effective societal engagement.
Tom Hartley, Atmos Consulting
An emerging, collaborative project in the Strathard area of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park aims to develop sustainable and resilient land and water management plans using an ecosystems approach.
Jan Dick, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
Professor of Agricultural Ecology and Head of Hill & Mountain Research Centre at SRUC: Scotland's Rural College
by Rebecca Badger (SEPA), Paul Watkinson (SNH) , Daniel Hinze (Scottish Government) and Pat Snowden (Forestry Commision Scotland)
The Touchstone is a pretty remarkable object. You hold it in your hand, ask a question and it gives you the answer. You just have to be a bit careful what you ask...
At last year’s ESCom conference I delivered a presentation on some challenges in communication using ecosystem service concepts and terminology. I observed that there is a lack of consistency and clarity in the use of Ecosystem service-related terminology: some individuals or groups use shared t
A paper now in press in the academic journal Forest Ecology and Management
Anja Liski discusses the recent ESCom Scotland launch event.
What happened at the launch event?
A clear distinction between OPERAs and standard research projects is its specific focus on working with policy and practice to create products that will have real-life application in sustainable ecosystem management.
The Millennium Ecosystem Assessment identified significant market failures linked to the supply of ecosystem services (the benefits people derive from nature), which have led to degradation of ecosystems around the world at an alarming scale. To tackle these challenges an increasing number of Payment for Ecosystem Service schemes have arisen around the world, for example where downstream users of water pay for catchment management upstream, that can sustain the required supply and quality of water. At the same time, regulatory approaches have also proliferated, such as the EU’s Water Framework Directive, which aims to protect and enhance the provision of water-related ecosystem services.