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Natural capital, national performance and the economy

Saturday, 1st July 2017

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


BiodivERsA Stakeholder Engagement Handbook

Tuesday, 10th May 2016

Due to the interdisciplinary and anthropocentric nature of ecosystem services research, gaining traction in the ‘real-world’ requires effective societal engagement.


Eco-What?! The challenges of communication by Kerry Waylen, James Hutton Institute

Monday, 4th May 2015

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


Professor Mark Reed discusses valuing peatland ecosystem services for sustainable management

Wednesday, 1st April 2015

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.