Developing Decision Support Tools

The natural environment delivers a variety of inter-related and spatially distributed ecosystem services, many of which generate benefits whose value is not reflected in market prices. These characteristics make the incorporation of ecosystem services within economic decision-making particularly challenging.

This talk presents work by the University's Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP) on the development of decision support tools which attempt to address these challenges, drawing upon research conducted for the UK Government under the National Ecosystem Assessment and subsequent work for the UK Natural Capital Committee regarding the implementation of an ecosystem services approach to policy and decision making.

Case studies range from land use decisions in the UK to wild species conservation in tropical biodiversity hotspots.