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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
 

PhD opportunity at York: Does moorland restoration increase resilience and protect peat carbon stocks against wildfire?

Closing date for applications: Monday 9 January 2017.
York NERC ACCE Interview Day: Wednesday 16 February 2016
 

Modelling Ecosystem Workshop

Cranfield University, Bedfordshire 1-2 December 2016

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

New BESS related publications

BESS researchers have been busy releasing the results from the programme’s findings in a range of journal articles.
A new paper from the Urban BESS  team highlights their new evidence on the important role urban scavengers in UK cities. Their findings highlight how despite being unpopular with the public and land managers crows, magpies and foxes perform important functions in carcass removal in our urban spaces. You can read more here…

Image from RSPCA.org.uk

Meanwhile have been testing an ecosystem mapping tool. They have performed a sensitivity analysis with the InVEST water yield model. They highlight how errors in the input data can have significant impacts on the model outputs. To read more on how well the modelled performed at different scales click here…

Another new journal article has identified research priorities for managing the impacts and dependencies of business upon food, energy, water and the environment. The paper in ‘Sustainability Science’ shows how collaboration between business and academia can identify the most urgent research priorities to ensure the sustainability of food, energy, water and the environment. Read more here…


A new Working Paper presents and analyses the perspectives of multiple stakeholders on the adoption in England of Biodiversity Offsetting, an instrument designed to enable biodiversity losses in one place to be compensated through conservation improvements in other nearby sites. The analysis reveals several doubts and challenges associated with social and ecological compensation of biodiversity loss.

You can access the working paper here…

Marine Ecosystem Services

A new website has been launched for the Cooperative Participatory Evaluation of Renewable Technologies on Ecosystem Services (CORPORATES) project. The project aims to to map out local marine ecosystem services for the Forth of Firth using different types of evidence, discuss their different and shared values and evaluate different scenarios to inform decisions.

Find out more here…

Big Bug Count Completes


 report on the surprises they have started to uncover whilst analysing all their urban bug sampling. Read more details of their latest findings here…

New website for

For all the latest from our consortia concentrating on lowland landscapes you now need to visit here…

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BESS continues to synthesize the outputs from the all the programmes research.

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29Jul/16

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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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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
BESS-Connect!
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** The latest updates from the NERC Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Sustainability programme
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Sounds of the Dipper
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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?
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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…
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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)

** Next Issue
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BESS continues to synthesize the outputs from the all the programmes research.

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16Jun/16

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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

————————————————————
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
BESS-Connect!
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** The latest updates from the NERC Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Sustainability programme
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** IPBES Seeks Expert Reviewers
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Expert reviewers are currently being sought for the First Order Draft reviews of the IPBES thematic assessment on Land Degradation and Restoration (http://www.ipbes.net/work-programme/land-degradation-and-restoration) , and the four regional assessments on biodiversity and ecosystem services: Africa (http://www.ipbes.net/work-programme/africa-assessment) ; Americas (http://www.ipbes.net/work-programme/americas-assessment) ; Asia Pacific (http://www.ipbes.net/work-programme/asia-pacific-assessment) ; and, Europe and Central Asia (http://www.ipbes.net/work-programme/europe-and-central-asia-assessment) .

The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service (IPBES) is a science-policy interface established to provide a robust evidence base, together with the necessary tools and local capacity, to help decision makers around the world identify solutions to pressures on global ecosystems and loss of biodiversity; thereby securing long term human wellbeing and sustainable development.

This requires a multi-disciplinary approach and, as such, experts are needed from a number of disciplines: natural science, social science, economics, data and modelling and traditional knowledge. The importance of thorough review by leading global experts, which many BESS participants are, is invaluable to ensuring that the work of IPBES is credible, relevant and legitimate.

Registration opened on 30 May and the review runs for six weeks to 11 July.

Please note that the first order drafts are confidential and, as such, the review process can take up to 48hrs. To develop a UK government view of the assessments it would be helpful (if they are happy to do so) for experts to copy their responses to the Stakeholder Hub (IPBES@jncc.gov.uk (mailto:IPBES@jncc.gov.uk) ).

The email sent to the UK IPBES stakeholder list managed by JNCC can be read here (https://nercbess.wordpress.com/2016/06/16/ipbes-call-for-experts-first-order-draft-expert-reviewers-for-thematic-assessment-on-land-degradation-and-restoration-and-the-four-regional-assessments-on-biodiversity-and-ecosystem-services/) .
If you have any queries regarding the call and/or would like to be included in the UK IPBES stakeholder list to ensure you receive updates regarding IPBES, the UK IPBES Stakeholder Hub can be contacted at IPBES@jncc.gov.uk (mailto:IPBES@jncc.gov.uk)

For further details of the review, you can also visit the UK IPBES stakeholder engagement website (http://jncc.defra.gov.uk/page-5871) .

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29Apr/16

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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

————————————————————
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
BESS-Connect!
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** The latest updates from the NERC Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services Sustainability programme
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**
Future UK uplands
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held their end of grant event at the Welsh Assembly Pierhead in Cardiff Bay during December to share their research findings key learned. This included a new video highlighting the options for our uplands futures. Click here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdDa8hcqKwg) to watch now…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XdDa8hcqKwg

** Can we quantify the value of cultural services?
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Ongoing experiments and analysis undertaken by BESS researchers is gathering new evidence on the cultural, health and well-being benefits that different ecosystems provide.

have carried out 550 interviews with the public to investigate their interactions with and preferences for our lowland agricultural landscapes. This includes understanding how they derive benefits from these places. The team are still collecting data on landscape preferences using an online mapping survey – take part by clicking here (http://www.ppgis.manchester.ac.uk/bess/) …

have been looking at the cultural services of saltmarshes for their study areas of Morecambe Bay and Essex estuaries. Using a mix of methods (choice experiments, ranking in questionnaires and interviews, interactive workshops and mapping) monetary and non-monetary benefits different stakeholders get from these environments are being investigated.
An interim finding is that 1.2 million hours of recreational activity per annum are associated with these coastal habitats in Essex alone. The team continue to explore their data to explain the interactions between ecology,society and the underpinning biodiversity. Read more here (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/2016/04/22/university-of-st-andrews-cultural-ecosystem-services/) …
In a complementary project to BESS a University of York social scientist (Hannah Curzon) is developing novel methods to understand the social value of moorlands.

The Humberhead Peatlands National Nature Reserve (NNR) in South Yorkshire is currently the focus of a major EU LIFE+ funded project (https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/395664/humberhead-peatlands-leaflet.pdf) coordinated by Natural England to restore the peat bog. An assessment of the social impact of the restoration work will also be undertaken – partly through an online survey you can participate in here… (https://york.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ebXpX0I55Jcv3Df)

** Urban meadows video released
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** Highlighting experimental findings
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http://bess-urban.group.shef.ac.uk/meadow-plantings-the-video/

Urban BESS have produced an video overview highlighting their urban meadow experiments and what is being learned from the findings. Watch the video here… (http://bess-urban.group.shef.ac.uk/meadow-plantings-the-video/)

** Biodiversity of pollinator effectiveness investigated
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researcher Ben Phillips has been undertaking experiments to evaluate the impact of insect biodiversity on pollination in agricultural landscapes. Find out more here… (http://www.brc.ac.uk/wessexbess/node/28)

** Improving Salt Marsh Carbon Stock Measurements
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have sent out an appeal for ‘citizen scientists’ to help collect information about our salt marshes to fill in important data gaps.

With the aid of The Saltmarsh App interested individuals and groups can investigate the salt marshes identifying unique plants and wildlife or carry out an interactive plant and soil survey.

The survey will estimate the stored carbon in the saltmarsh soil and show how by preventing this carbon from becoming a greenhouse gas their marsh is helping limit climate change. Find out more here… (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/2016/04/25/cbess-the-saltmarsh-app/)

The App data will complement the Carbon Stock Prediction Tool and maps to be launched in June. The Tool is aimed at environmental decision makers in the public sector providing them with a straightforward means of attaching a carbon stock value to salt marshes in England and Wales. Find out more here… (http://synergy.st-andrews.ac.uk/cbess/2016/04/22/bangor-university-the-carbon-prediction-tool/)

** Latest Publications
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have published their findings on the impact of data resolution and scale on ecosystem service measurements. Access their paper in Landscape Ecologyhere… (http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10980-015-0337-7)

research findings on the benefits or tree planting for riverine resilience is available here (http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/gcb.13103/full) in Global Change Biology.

** Next Issue
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Despite the current blizzards in Yorkshire – summer IS coming. BESS research will continue to deliver new insights in the links between biodiversity and ecosystem services…

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