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United Kingdom

UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UK NEA)

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Dr. Megan Tierney
UNEP-WCMC
nea@unep-wcmc.org

Country Name: United Kingdom

Project Description:
The UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UK NEA) is the first analysis of the UK’s natural environment in terms of the benefits it provides to society and continuing economic prosperity. It is based around the processes that link human societies and their well being with the environment and emphasizes the role of ecosystems in providing services that bring well-being to people.

The UK NEA provided a significant step forward in understanding trends in the delivery of ecosystem services, the drivers of these trends and the likely consequences for human well-being. It delivered a wealth of information on the state, value (economic and social) and possible future of ecosystems across the UK.

The UK NEA’s conceptual framework builds on the one used in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment (2005) to classify ecosystem services. In addition, it incorporates conceptual advances proposed for TEEB for the economic valuation of ecosystem services such as avoiding double counting of services.

Ecosystem: 
Terrestrial, freshwater and marine ecosystems across the UK

Scope: National

Implementers and Donors:
UK NEA: Funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), The Scottish Government, The Welsh Assembly Government, the Countryside Council for Wales, the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Coordinated by United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).

Follow-on phase: Funded by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), The Welsh Government, the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Coordinated by United Nations Environment Programme World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC).

Current status: AFollow-on phase of the UK NEA is underway (2012-2014), to develop and promote the arguments that the UK NEA puts forward and make them applicable to decision- and policy-making at a range of spatial scales across the UK to a wide range of stakeholders.

Contact Person:
Dr. Megan Tierney
UNEP-WCMC
nea@unep-wcmc.org

Documentation
The Synthesis and Technical reports along with supporting material can be downloaded from: http://uknea.unep-wcmc.org/Resources/tabid/82/Default.aspx

More Information:
http://uknea.unep-wcmc.org

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