Durham Wildlife Trust created a toolkit for Ecosystem Service mapping that uses nationally available datasets. This system is called EcoServ-GIS. The final toolkit for this was released to other Wildlife Trusts in August 2014.
The toolkit is one of the Wildlife Trust’s contributions to the national work that has been promoting the Ecosystem Approach. EcoServ-GIS has been showcased at a past Ecosystem Knowledge Network event and the final toolkit has outputs for 12 Ecosystem Services: Carbon Storage; Local Climate; Noise Regulation; Pollination; Water Purification; Accessible Nature; Aesthetics; Community Cohesion; Education Knowledge; Wildlife Watching; Timber; Food Provision (pending) and as a function of all these, multifunctionality.
For each of these services carefully constructed models are created, based on datasets of known quality and decision processes established in the National Ecosystem Assessment. Outputs are created for service ‘capacity’, ‘demand’ and ‘provision’.
Sussex Wildlife Trust (SWT) (through the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre (SxBRC), became, along with Somerset and Northamptonshire, pilot areas for the toolkit, as it was utilised for the first time outside Durham. The experience of these three pilots could then be fed back to Durham Wildlife Trust so that they could use the shared experiences to refine the final version of the toolkit.
The Sussex Local Nature Partnership are keen to promote the understanding of Ecosystem Services to organisations and projects operating in Sussex. It is therefore hosting an event to establish what uses these maps can be put to, and thus how the maps should be presented, as products, and to whom. There is a raft of locally generated information and data that can be used to enhance the EcoServ-GIS outputs, and experts will be consulted to seek the optimum presentation of the data so that the EcoServ-GIS maps can fulfil their maximum potential in the area.
The outputs of this event will be shared on the Sussex LNP website and if you are interested in attending please visit follow the links on the Sussex LNP website.