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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

Latest Publications

Measuring what matters in agriculture and food systems: a synthesis

The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) (2018). Measuring what matters in agriculture and food systems: a synthesis of the results and recommendations of TEEB for Agriculture and Food’s Scientific and Economic Foundations report. Geneva: UN Environment. Download report

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Scientific and Economic Foundations Report

The TEEBAgriFood ‘Scientific and Economic Foundations’ report addresses the core theoretical issues and controversies underpinning the evaluation of the nexus between the agri-food sector, biodiversity and ecosystem services and externalities including human health impacts from agriculture on a global scale. It argues the…

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TEEB Challenges and Responses

TEEB ‘s progress, challenges and responses towards mainstreaming the economics of nature. [ENG] [ESP]

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TEEB for Agriculture & Food Concept Note

February 2014- The Concept Note presents the case for and proposed outline content of a TEEB for Agriculture & Food study.

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Natural Capital Accounting and Water Quality: Commitments, Benefits, Needs and Progress

December 2013 – The briefing note outlines existing guidance and examples on water quality accounting and identifies the ongoing challenges related to the development of natural capital accounting and water quality accounting. Inspired by the growing global focus on natural capital accounting, the note identifies the ongoing challenges related to the development of natural capital accounting and water quality accounting, in order to encourage debate and commitment towards effective water and biodiversity policy.

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