Optimising Catchment Management using an Ecosystem Services Approach

Land Management for increased flood resilience

The Centre has a particular interest in how to integrate the emerging research on wetland ecosystem services in to policy, legislation and action on the ground. This includes bio-physical aspects such as flood risk management, water quality improvements, habitat restoration and conservation, as well as linked social systems. As well as other work on Eddleston and Tweed generally, this has included a series of linked projects, including:

  • Optimising Water Framework Directive River Basin Management Planning using an Ecosystem Services Approach (2013);
  • the earlier twin projects in 2012 on CATCH II – Fully Integrated Catchment Management Planning and on Implementation of an ecosystem approach and ecosystem services in Integrated Catchment Management; and
  • The national implementation pilot of the Scottish Rural Land Use Strategy using an Ecosystem Approach, working with the Scottish Government, Scottish Borders Council and Tweed Forum in the Borders Region (2013-1015

This suite of projects, funded predominantly by Scottish Government and SEPA, provides some of the key work underpinning the links between science and management of catchments for the delivery of multiple benefits (ecosystem services) in Scotland. It has provided recommendations for valuation and piloting of the approach drawn from a wide-ranging review of catchments organisations and practices across the UK, EU and UNESCO basins globally, and from working with SEPA, Scottish Government, James Hutton Institute, SNH and other organisations to assess their relevance and practicality.