Posted on 21 May 2013
The Ecosystem Service Mapping Gateway provides information about projects and activities underway across the country to study the ways our environment provides natural services such as regulating climate, maintaining healthy soils and reducing pollution.
This will allow people working on similar projects to see where there might be opportunities for collaboration and information sharing
Dr Zoe Austin
Around 50 projects are currently listed covering a wide range of topics including flood control, wild species diversity and pollination. The organisations listed include local authorities, wildlife trusts, universities and community groups.
The mapping gateway project has been funded by Natural England.
Dr Zoe Austin, research fellow at the University of York Environment Department said:
“The database brings together information on mapping initiatives into a single, searchable site. This will allow people working on similar projects to see where there might be opportunities for collaboration and information sharing.
“The information will also contribute to national and local environmental planning issues helping to inform decisions about how our landscapes should be used and developed.”
The database has been developed as part of the University’s Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service Sustainability Directorate (BESS), a six-year research project funded by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
Further projects and more detailed case studies will be added to the Ecosystem Mapping Gateway over the next few months.