Identifying robust response options to manage environmental change using an Ecosystem Approach

Options appraisal techniques are commonly applied to assess the trade-offs resulting from alternative policy or management responses. We investigate how an ecosystem approach can provide a more joined-up framework for this analysis that also incorporates the likelihood that future change scenarios may challenge desired outcomes. This can be facilitated through a practical tool that allows the implications of decisions on sustainable ecosystem services to be assessed at multiple scales.

  • Academic: John Rowan
  • Collaborators: James Hutton Institute, Natural England, Spiral Delta, Pundamilia, ABP Marine, Forest Research, Universities of Oxford, Leeds, Dundee, Middlesex and Abertay
  • Funding: DEFRA
  • Project Value: £100K
  • Dates: January 2012 – January 2014