ESCom Scotland

ESCom Scotland

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.  

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Using Natural Capital Approaches to support sustainable land management in Scotland: insights from recent pilots

By Jasmine Hussain

Last year I started the MSc Environmental Sustainability programme at the University of Edinburgh, which includes a 3-month research project culminating in a 15,000 word dissertation. I selected a project put forward by the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital to review recent Natural Capital pilot projects. My project was supervised by Professor Marc Metzger from the University of Edinburgh, Dr Kirsty Blackstock and Dr Paola Ovando from the James Hutton Institute. What stood out to me was the project’s relevance to (1) the changing land use policy landscape in...

ESCom workshop discussed progress and practicalities around establishing Scotland’s National Ecological Network

On 11 March ESCom brought together around 40 researchers, planners, policy makers, land manager and conservation professionals (Covid19 reduced attendees from a registration list of 80, all of whom receive this report and pdfs of the presentations). The latest ‘on the ground’ activities and emerging research were presented, with opportunities for discussion and identification of critical gaps and research-into-action needs going forward.

The presentations highlighted new developments since the 2017 workshop in terms of the research and tools available to support NEN implementation,...

How do policies affect Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) practices for Ecosystem Management?

ESCom members Kerry Waylen and Kirsty Blackstock at the James Hutton Institute have just finished coordinating a pan-European initiative called ‘MEEM’ to understand how policies influence monitoring practices, and how well this accords with what is needed for adaptive management.

Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) is an essential part of the process of ‘adaptive management’ - the process of learning from our actions in order to update and...

ESCom is now powered by Oppla!

Oppla: the knowledge hub for natural capital, ecosystem services and nature-based solutions

The ESCom website is now part of the Oppla knowledge hub: an online platform and community for sharing information on natural capital, ecosystem services and nature-based solutions.

Through our relationship with this growing, global network we aim to:

  • Promote good practice from Scotland to new audiences around the world
  • Share our ideas and engage in discussion with people from different sectors
  • Create a permanent home for our resources and outputs

Please note that when accessing some of the information here, you may be...

Scotland’s Natural Treasures – an illustrated ecosystem services map

Earlier this year we published Scotland’s Natural Treasures - an illustrated ecosystem services map. 

Scotland is full of natural treasures that provide endless inspiration, excitement, and enjoyment as well as supporting much of our economy. These benefits we get from nature sometimes referred to as ecosystem services, that are provided by Scotland's natural capital. 

This map provides a rich picture of many of these ecosystem services and is accompanied by a legend that explains different categories of benefits and can be used for illustration purposes and as an informative educational resource. 

The UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme (PoMS) is open and recruiting for 2018!

The PoMS seeks the help of volunteers to collect data on pollinating insects, to help inform their conservation.

There are two ways to get involved.

One is to carry out a 10-minute Flower-Insect Timed Count. Anyone can take part between April and September, at any location where there are flowers and insects, and a full survey guide is provided.

A smaller group of volunteers is required to help with the systematic surveying of random sites across England, Scotland and Wales. This involves ‘adopting’ a 1km survey square, meeting on site with a PoMS team member and...

Identification, quantification and valuation of Scotland’s ecosystem services

The  Natural Assets Theme of the Scottish Government's Strategic Research Programme 2016-21 is concerned with identification, quantification and valuation of Scotland’s environmental assets, biodiversity and ecosystem services.

Mapped indicators will support decision-making across land use policy priorities (such as a low carbon economy, sustainable food production and water management) by allowing spatially explicit visioning of the...