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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

CECAN: Policy Evaluation For A Complex World (http://www.cecan.ac.uk/events/13th-september-london-cecan-event-policy-evaluation-for-a-complex-world)
If you are interested in the challenges of policy evaluation for a complex world you are invited to an event organised by CECAN (Centre for Evaluation of Complexity Across the Nexus)

At St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, London
From 13:30 pm onwards on Tuesday 13th September 2016

Book via Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/cecan-event-policy-evaluation-for-a-complex-world-tickets-25929621195) page.
For any queries contact: cecan@surrey.ac.uk

EKN Conference: Building Prosperous Cities The role of natural capital and green infrastructure

27th September 2016 9.30am – 5pm
City Hall, London

The conference will address questions such as: What is the added value of ‘natural capital’ and ‘green infrastructure’ for city-scale planning, design and management? How do we involve urban citizens and secure investment to enhance the green infrastructure required for prosperous cities?

Click here (http://www.nerc-bess.net/index.php/news-and-events/255-ekn-conference-building-prosperous-cities-the-role-of-natural-capital-and-green-infrastructure) for more information and booking…

** Welcome to

** The latest updates from the NERC Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Sustainability programme

Sounds of the Dipper
have released a new ‘SOUNDWORK’ exploring the potential of Data Sonification using DNA coding as a basis for musical composition based on the Dipper. To listen to the composition created by John Howes click here… (https://soundcloud.com/howesaboutit/dipper)

** What is the best approach for managing urban meadows?
have produced some clear practical guidance addressing this question to maximise the human health and wellbeing benefits from meadows alongside improvements in other ecosystem services.

Their guidance advice can be downloaded here… (http://www.nerc.ac.uk/research/partnerships/lwec/products/ppn/ppn32/)

** Facts at your fingertips…

Alastair Driver, Environment Agency National Biodiversity Manager, (https://environmentagency.blog.gov.uk/author/alistair-driver/) has shared his list of killer facts on the benefits of river and wetland restoration here… (http://www.nerc-bess.net/documents/KILLER-FACTS-Multiple_benefits_of_river_and_wetland_restoration-Jun16.pdf)

** BESS data revealing new biodiversity insights
invertebrate samples from previously unsampled locations have started to reveal new insights into the distributions of invertebrates. Find out more here… (http://bess-urban.group.shef.ac.uk/hidden-biodiversity-the-more-you-look-the-more-you-find/)

** Improving Salt Marsh Carbon Stock Measurements
have produced a free tool and mobile application for predicting and mapping carbon stock in salt marshes. The tool is for governmental and non-governmental organisations that have interests in salt marshes, but which lack information about natural carbon stores.

Find out more or download the app here… (http://www.nerc-bess.net/index.php/news-and-events/265-new-cbess-launch-tool-and-app-for-assessing-carbon-stock-on-salt-marshes)

** Latest Publications
A new open access paper from Lynn Dicks assesses evidence for the effectiveness farming practices to enhance natural pest regulation, an important and valuable ecosystem service in agriculture. It highlights knowledge gaps, or potential research priorities, by showing practices considered important by stakeholders for which there is not enough evidence. Read more here… (http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10531-016-1133-7/fulltext.html)

** New Initiatives Tackling Tree Health
Trees have significant impacts on rural and urban landscapes and contribute to our ecosystems, economy and wellbeing however, they are increasingly seen as being under threat from emerging pests and diseases. To read more about latest research initiatives addressing these issues visit the THAPBI – Tree Health and Plant Biosecurity Initiative website here… (https://wiki.ceh.ac.uk/display/THAPBI/THAPBI+-+Tree+Health+and+Plant+Biosecurity+Initiative)

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