National Ecosystem Assessment

Defra have launched the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UK NEA), a groundbreaking report that demonstrates the value of nature.

The UK NEA  brought together over 500 experts in ecology, economics and social sciences to estimate the value of the natural world by taking account of the economic, health and social benefits we get from nature.

The assessment provides values for a range of ecosystem services, which can be used to help fully understand the value of the natural environment and how the benefits to individuals and society as a whole can be better protected and preserved.

Examples include:

  • The benefits that inland wetlands bring to water quality are worth up to £1.5billion per year to the UK;
  • Pollinators are worth £430million per year to British agriculture;
  • The amenity benefits of living close to rivers, coasts and other wetlands is worth up to £1.3billion per year to the UK; and
  • The health benefits of living with a view of a green space are worth up to £300 per person per year.

For more background information on the study and its findings, and to download the Synthesis of Key Findings,  visit the UK NEA website

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