Environmental and Resource Economics

, Volume 57, Issue 2, pp 273–297 | Cite as

Economic Analysis for the UK National Ecosystem Assessment: Synthesis and Scenario Valuation of Changes in Ecosystem Services

  • Ian J. Bateman
  • Amii R. Harwood
  • David J. Abson
  • Barnaby Andrews
  • Andrew Crowe
  • Steve Dugdale
  • Carlo Fezzi
  • Jo Foden
  • David Hadley
  • Roy Haines-Young
  • Mark Hulme
  • Andreas Kontoleon
  • Paul Munday
  • Unai Pascual
  • James Paterson
  • Grischa Perino
  • Antara Sen
  • Gavin Siriwardena
  • Mette Termansen


We combine natural science modelling and valuation techniques to present economic analyses of a variety of land use change scenarios generated for the UK National Ecosystem Assessment. Specifically, the agricultural, greenhouse gas, recreational and urban greenspace impacts of the envisioned land use changes are valued. Particular attention is given to the incorporation of spatial variation in the natural environment and to addressing issues such as biodiversity impacts where reliable values are not available. Results show that the incorporation of ecosystem services and their values within analyses can substantially change decisions.


Ecosystem services Environmental valuation Land use change  UK National Ecosystem Assessment 



This work was funded by the Social and Environmental Economic Research (SEER) into Multi-Objective Land Use Decision Making project (which in turn is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC); Funder Ref: RES-060-25-0063) and by the UK-NEA (which is in turn funded by the UK Department of Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC)).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian J. Bateman
    • 1
  • Amii R. Harwood
    • 1
  • David J. Abson
    • 3
    • 4
  • Barnaby Andrews
    • 1
  • Andrew Crowe
    • 1
  • Steve Dugdale
    • 1
  • Carlo Fezzi
    • 1
  • Jo Foden
    • 1
    • 5
  • David Hadley
    • 6
  • Roy Haines-Young
    • 8
  • Mark Hulme
    • 9
  • Andreas Kontoleon
    • 10
  • Paul Munday
    • 1
  • Unai Pascual
    • 10
    • 11
  • James Paterson
    • 7
  • Grischa Perino
    • 2
    • 12
  • Antara Sen
    • 1
  • Gavin Siriwardena
    • 8
  • Mette Termansen
    • 4
    • 13
  1. 1.Centre for Social and Economic Research on the Global Environment (CSERGE), School of Environmental SciencesUniversity of East Anglia (UEA) NorwichUK
  2. 2.School of Business, Economics and Social SciencesUniversity of HamburgHamburgGermany
  3. 3.FuturES Research CenterLeuphana Universität LüneburgLüneburgGermany
  4. 4.School of Earth and EnvironmentUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK
  5. 5.Centre for EnvironmentFisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas)LowestoftUK
  6. 6.UNE Business School, University of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia
  7. 7.School of Geosciences, University of EdinburghEdinburghUK
  8. 8.Centre for Environmental Management (CEM), School of GeographyUniversity of Nottingham NottinghamUK
  9. 9.British Trust for OrnithologyThetfordUK
  10. 10.Department of Land EconomyUniversity of CambridgeCambridgeUK
  11. 11.Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3)BilbaoSpain
  12. 12.School of EconomicsUniversity of East AngliaNorwichUK
  13. 13.Department of Environmental ScienceAarhus UniversityAarhusDenmark

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