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21-23 MARCH 2017

Final OpenNESS Annual Meeting in Smolenice, Slovakia

Obtaining local stakeholders’ knowledge of ecosystem services in Warwickshire

On 3 and 4 August, OpenNESS case study 11 – Biodiversity Offsetting in Warwickshire – ran two successful participatory GIS workshops, one with farmers and one with regional planners. The workshops were organized to help the Warwickshire case study team learn from local stakeholder knowledge of ecosystem services supply and demand within the Warwickshire case study area.

The participants produced some excellent maps reflecting their views of a number of key ecosystem services in the region, being:

  • intensive (high-input) farming;
  • alternative (traditional/not-intensive) farming;
  • habitat provision;
  • flood regulation;
  • recreation;
  • aesthetic beauty.

They were asked to map on county-scale maps:

  • where ecosystem services were supplied;
  • where the people who demanded them were located;
  • where supply was available but needed improving;
  • where ecosystem services might be demanded in the future.

With respect to the case study this approach provides a complementary assessment to habitat-based mapping and photo-series analysis approaches by assessing local knowledge not accessible with traditional mapped datasets. The intention is to show the different ways of understanding ecosystem services that result from the different methodologies.

Next step is to analyse the maps and looking at both the patterns in ecosystem services supply and demand and the similarities and differences between the different groups of stakeholders’ perspectives.

We would really like to thank the stakeholders for their enthusiastic contributions!

Photo: Local stakeholders discussing where to map ecosystem services within Warwickshire, Coventry and Sollihull