What are ecosystem services all about?

At a recent meeting of organisations involved in the South Downs Way Ahead – Nature Improvement Area Dr Tony Whitbread gave an eloquent presentation of what ecosystem services are and why they are of value. Dr Colin Tingle then followed with a presentation about his work in Lewes called ‘Chalking up the benefits’ which is looking at how communities value ecosystem services. The two talks complimented each other well, one being conceptually based and the other being about applying the knowledge. Both can be downloaded as .pdfs here.

downloadable Ecosystem Services Summary Tony Whitbread

downloadable Chalking up the Benefits Colin Tingle

The Sussex LNP uses the strapline of 'Securing the value of nature in Sussex'. To fulfill this mission we need to really embrace the sometimes unwieldly topic of ecosystem services.