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 Ecosystem Services and better understanding of trade-offs.

For example, they can highlight areas in which landscape provide multiple services and benefits, which could be protected if necessary, and areas where intervention through a variety of policy instruments could be needed.

Initial results are presented in a web story