Scottish Natural Heritage has worked with others to help people include cultural ecosystem services when applying an ecosystems framework. The working paper Cultural ecosystem services - towards a common framework for developing policy and practice in Scotland has been published (February 2016).
For more information and to provide your feedback http://www.snh.gov.uk/about-scotlands-nature/scotlands-biodiversity/an-ecosystems-approach/how-to-apply-ecosystems-approach/
Applying an ecosystems approach involves some key actions:
- Identify the natural assets (green infrastructure) which provide benefits, what these benefits (ecosystem services) are, and who benefits from them
- Understand the effects of different planning or resource-use choices on nature and the benefits it provides
- Involve people in decision-making and in getting things done
You can use existing tools - marine and development plans, environmental assessment, cost-benefit analysis, participation.
New tools are also being developed:
- mapping ecosystem services
- valuing the services nature provides
- analysing trade-offs between different options