We provide research, consulting and training services in the following areas:
Implementing natural capital and ES concepts: Do you know the difference between natural capital, ecosystem services and the ecosystem approach? Confused about biodiversity and natural capital net gain or impact? We advise on how to approach these concepts, how they can benefit your organisation, and be successfully integrated into business practice and decision-making. We write briefing notes, introductory guides and detailed guidance, and are experts at operationalising the approach across different sectors.
Natural capital and ecosystem accounting: We use the latest robust frameworks for delivering natural capital and ecosystem accounting at the organisational and land holding levels. Such accounts will document the extent and condition of natural capital assets, ecosystem service flows and their value. This reveals the extent and value of private and public benefits, and ensures the quantity and quality of assets can be managed.
Natural capital and ES assessments: We advise on the best approaches and tools (qualitative or quantitative approaches, modelling, GIS mapping, foot-printing, monetary valuation, stakeholder or public participatory methods) to measure and value ES in particular contexts. We will then implement the most appropriate type of assessment to determine the natural capital assets and ecosystem services delivered (what they are, assets available, and the level of supply, demand and flow of services production). We also organise and facilitate workshops to engage stakeholders and members of the public in these issues.
Enabling ES planning: We use the ecosystem service assessment to model alternative future scenarios of ES production. These can be created based on scenarios of environmental change, specific land use decisions, alternations to production processes, that may be driven by business level policy change or changes in national and international legislation. This allows planning for future risks, and land use change that delivers multiple benefits.
Land-use and biodiversity opportunity mapping: We use multiple sources of data to produce detailed GIS-based land-use maps of an area and the associated habitats and species. We map habitat and species networks based on species dispersal distances and landscape permeability, and are then able to map biodiversity opportunity areas – locations that are most suitable for expanding habitat networks, whilst taking constraints into account. We also map and model species distributions using GIS-based and advanced statistical approaches.
Training: We run bespoke workshops designed to allow the business to develop the capacity to understand the concept of ES, how it is relevant and to identify/use tools to inform decision-making regarding ecosystem services.
Developing ES tools: We undertake research projects both independently and collaboratively to develop cutting-edge tools and approaches for the application of the ES concept across sectors.
See how these approaches can be used to tackle issues within your sector.