Trialling a method to quantify the ‘cultural services’ of the English landscape using Countryside Survey data

Norton, L.R. ORCID:; Inwood, H.; Crowe, A.; Baker, A.. 2012 Trialling a method to quantify the ‘cultural services’ of the English landscape using Countryside Survey data. Land Use Policy, 29 (2). 449-455.

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Increasing pressure on natural resources driven by population growth and higher levels of individual resource consumption have led to the need to measure and ultimately place values on the diversity of ecosystem services supported by land in order to manage it appropriately. The complexity underlying the provision of many seemingly simple ecosystem services, e.g. drinking water, make the process of identifying and making appropriate measures far from simple. Cultural services, defined as the nonmaterial benefits that people obtain from ecosystems, comprise a range of experiences of nature which enhance human well-being in a variety of ways. Measurement of the experiential benefits of ecosystems has proved difficult, despite their acknowledged importance. This paper describes a novel approach for providing measures of cultural services at national scale (England). The interdisciplinary approach described combines data from a national survey of the biophysical components of the UK countryside with data collected from regional assessments of experiential qualities of landscape in England. The paper discusses the results, merits and limitations of the datasets and approaches used.

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Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biodiversity > BD Topic 3 - Managing Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in a Changing Environment > BD - 3.3 - Develop integrated environmental assessments and modelling ...
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Parr
ISSN: 0264-8377
Additional Information. Not used in RCUK Gateway to Research.: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Land Use Policy. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Land Use Policy, 29 (2). 449-455. 10.1016/j.landusepol.2011.09.002
Additional Keywords: cultural ecosystem services, interdisciplinary, landscape, quantitative, qualitative, Countryside Survey, CS
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
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Date made live: 26 Oct 2011 15:08 +0 (UTC)

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