02Nov/15

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Our landscapes need to be managed appropriately to ensure the sustainable delivery of benefits to society such as clean water, food production and flood protection. Currently we do not truly understand the linkages between biodiversity within landscapes and services flows. Without this knowledge we are managing our landscapes under great uncertainty.

Biodiversity & Ecosystem Service Sustainability (BESS) is a six-year (2011-2017) NERC research programme, designed to reduce that uncertainty. It will answer fundamental questions about the functional role of biodiversity in key ecosystem processes at the landscape scale and how these are likely to change in an uncertain future.

Our aim is to provide an improved evidence base for those managing our landscapes so they are in a much better position to make decisions about the inevitable trade-offs required to ensure our sustainable futures.

** Upcoming Events

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CBESS will be at the Dundee Science Festival on Thurs 12 Nov at Menzieshill Community Centre,DD2 4BH from 13:00. You’ll have the chance to build a lego saltmarsh and understand the power of plant roots. #DSciFest

Registration is now open for three NERC Advanced Training Courses (http://www.mathstat.strath.ac.uk/outreach/cpd/index.php) on state-of-the art aspects of mathematical and statistical modelling running at the University of Strathclyde.

PhD Vacancy (http://www.marine-ecosystems.org.uk/News_events/Jobs/Modelling_the_impact_of_marine_reserves_and_wind-f)
Closing date: 16 November 2015
A a fully funded 3-year PhD project available to start immediately. The general subject area is spatial population dynamics modelling of size-structured marine benthic invertebrates with a passive drifting planktonic life-stage. The project is related to the MERP size-structured modelling activity, but independently funded.

** Welcome to
BESS-Connect!
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** The latest updates from the NERC Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Sustainability programme
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** Science Meeting Special… All Aboard!!
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lt8ha7oy8gY&feature=youtu.be
Dominque Butt of NERC reflects on the Science Meeting and the challenges for BESS science when influencing policy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqH2CfysBWY&feature=youtu.be
Joe Morris from Cranfield talks about the value of BESS multidisciplinary research and the impact that project findings can have on stakeholders application of ecosystem services.

The BESS Directorate will be looking at all the presentations and discussions from the October meeting to synthesize where the programmes research is contributing to the science and policy debates. Look out for more news in the next newsletter.

** What was the story of the meeting?
For an overview of the meetings themes – and to see what issues were discussed click here… (https://storify.com/s_cinderby_SEI/ecosystem-services-science-into-policy)
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** Managing ecosystems for predictable outcomes may backfire, new study warns
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A new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences concludes that managing ecosystems for predictable outcomes is risky and liable to result in ultimately unwanted outcomes. Co-author Carl Folke (http://stockholmresilience.org/21/contact/staff/1-15-2008-folke.html) explains: “Command-and-control management of ecosystems might make flows of ecosystem services predictable in the short term, but unpredictable and less resilient in the long term.”

To read more and request the publication click here… (http://stockholmresilience.org/21/research/research-news/10-7-2015-dont-fence-me-in.html?utm_source=Stockholm+Resilience+Centre+newsletter&utm_campaign=aa8b6e8895-Newsletter_September_20148_26_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_216dc1ed23-aa8b6e8895-91800241)

** EU falling short on Biodeiversity and Ecosystem Services Targets
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A mid-term review of Europe’s progress towards its 2020 targets; makes for disheartening reading. Overall, biodiversity loss and the degradation of ecosystem services in the EU have continued since the EU 2010 biodiversity baseline, as confirmed by the 2015 European environment state and outlook report… (http://ec.europa.eu/environment/nature/biodiversity/comm2006/pdf/mid_term_review_summary.pdf) http://biodiversity.europa.eu/policy/biodiversity-strategy-plan

** Upland Futures…?
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** has launched a new report providing contrasting visions for policy makers, land managers and society of how the UK’s uplands could develop over the next 30-40 years. Download here… (http://nerc-duress.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Upland-Scenarios-Report-for-Email.pdf)
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Latest BESS research throws light on the resilience of ecosystem functions
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New publications from BESS-funded authors contribute to a better understanding of the extent to which ecosystem functions can resist or recover from environmental change. Read more here… (http://www.nerc-bess.net/index.php/bess-blog/post/114-latest-bess-research-throws-more-light-on-the-resilience-of-ecosystem-functions)

** Urban BESS Annual Meadows Nominated for Luton Community Awards
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On Friday 23rd October 2015 the project reached the final 3 out of 15 nominees in the ‘Community business’ category.Helen Hoyle (https://www.sheffield.ac.uk/landscape/2.7223/2.5725/hhoyle) from Sheffield accepted the award on behalf of the team. To read more click here… (https://nercbess.wordpress.com/2015/10/27/urban-bess-annual-meadows-nominated-for-luton-community-awards/)
With research coming to an end in 2015 they are holding an event to share the outputs of the project and their value to policy and practice. Book here (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/duress-ecosystem-services-project-lessons-learned-tickets-19182427156?ref=ebtnebregn) to join them on December 1st in Cardiff Bay.

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** Next Issue
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Winter will be with us and whilst wrapped up and sipping mulled wine BESS will present synthesized findings from the Science Meeting…

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