January 19, 2019

Services

Ecosystem goods and services are usually outside the market and therefore difficult to quantify. CEEP is specialised in the monetary and non-monetary valuation of Natural Capital and ecosystem services and has a vast amount of expertise and experience in this field; both, in research and as consultancy.

CEEP Services include:

  • Knowledge Transfer & Training
  • Natural Capital Accounting
  • Natural Capital Planning Tool (NCPT) Assessments & Training
  • Local & Regional Ecosystem Assessments
  • Policy Analysis and Decision-Support Tools (MCDA, CBA & SROI)
  • Ecosystem Services Mapping & ANGSt+
  • Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES)
  • i-Tree Assessment

Below you can find an overview of services provided by CEEP. If you don’t find what you are looking for then please contact CEEP directly.

Knowledge Transfer & Training

Natural Capital thinking, the ecosystem services concept and ecological economics are emerging concept in UK policies and the business world. These new concepts can be very complex and the terminology that comes with them very challenging. CEEP offers workshops and presentations to introduce you and your organisation to the concept of ecosystem services and ecosystem valuation, how this relates to your organisation, agendas and business goals, and which options and tools exist to assess and manage ecosystem services in your specific situation.

Natural Capital Accounting

Natural Capital Accounts have been introduced by the Natural Capital Committee in 2015 which an independent advisory body of the Government for the sustainable use of England’s Natural Capital. The Government encourages businesses and local authorities to better account for and manage the private, social and environmental goods and services provided by the natural assets they own or maintain. To date, most natural assets such as parks and greenspaces are commonly accounted for in the books as a liability as only the management costs are recognised whilst neglecting the non-market goods and services provided by them such as improving physical and mental health which can be of enormous value.

CEEP is specialised in calculating such non-market values and can calculate the true value of your parks and greenspaces which will almost certainly reveal that your Natural Capital and e.g. parks services are indeed a very valuable asset rather than a liability. CEEP has for example recently been commissioned by Birmingham City Council to establish Natural Capital Accounts for Birmingham’s parks and greenspaces.

Natural Capital Planning Tool (NCPT) Assessments & Training

CEEP is the creator and developer of the Natural Capital Planning Tool (NCPT) which is a site assessment tool developed specifically for the planning context. The NCPT allows the systematic assessment of the likely impact of proposed plans and developments on Natural Capital and the ecosystem services it provides to people such as recreational opportunities, air quality regulation and climate regulation. For more information visit www.NCPTool.com.

CEEP’s NCPT services include:

  • NCPT Assessments: CEEP offers NCPT assessments at very competitive rates start from as little as £100 per site.
  • NCPT Reporting: CEEP offers both, internal and external NCPT reports helping you to interpret the findings, improve your designs and to promote your sustainable plans and development projects.
  • Policy Advice: CEEP provides expert advice on how national policies such as ‘environmental net-gain’ and Natural Capital values can be best implemented into your local policies and plans.
  • Natural Capital Monitoring & Evaluation: The NCPT is designed monitor cumulative Natural Capital gains/losses over time, for example at the city scale. Furthermore, the NCPT can be used to evaluate realised plans and development projects to assess if the promised Natural Capital value has actually been delivered.
  • NCPT Training: CEEP offers NCPT training and knowledge exchange workshops to equip you with the knowledge and skills to use the NCPT most effectively.
  • Ecosystem Services Offsetting: Sometimes, losses to Natural Capital are unavoidable. Similar to Biodiversity Offsetting, the NCPT can be used to offset unavoidable loss to ecosystem services on-site at a suitable offsetting site. CEEP can help to initiate, setup and manage local/regional Natural Capital ecosystem services offsetting schemes.
Local & Regional Ecosystem Assessments

The main aim of an Ecosystem Assessment is to inform about the state, trend and value of ecosystem services in a specific area such as a city or county and how these services contribute to human wellbeing. The assessment and valuation of ecosystem services people derive from our environment is the first step towards integrating Natural Capital and ecosystem services value into management and decision-making because ‘what gets measured, gets managed’.

An Ecosystem Assessment usually includes the monetary valuation of ecosystem services to better communicate the value of such services to audiences which are usually not engaged in environmental management. For more information about local/regional Ecosystem Assessments see also the Ecosystem Assessment Guidance CEEP produced as part of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment Follow-On (UK NEAFO) project.

CEEP was the first organisation undertaking comprehensive local and regional Ecosystem Assessments in the UK. Clients include: Birmingham City Council, the Birmingham and Black Country NIA, Cornwall AONB, The Malvern Hills AONB, The Marches (Herefordshire, Coventry and Solihull), Staffordshire County Council, and the Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull LNP (see publications).

Policy Analysis and Decision-Support Tools (MCDA, CBA & SROI)

Decisions affecting the environment are often complex and include various criteria which are usually not measured in a common metric. Because environmental values are difficult to assess and usually not easy to compare with e.g. economic values, they have often been undervalued or even neglected in the past which lead to poor decisions and a degradation of Natural Capital and the ecosystem services they provide.

CEEP helps you to reveal and systematically assess the holistic social, economic and environmental impacts of your decisions. Applying decision-support tools like:

  • Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA),
  • extended Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA), and
  • Social Return on Investment (SROI) analysis

allows to systematically assess and compare different policy options and helps you to make well informed and evidence-based decisions benefiting of the economy, society, and the environment at the same time.

Weather you plan to invest in an environmental project or you have to make a decision about a project or policy affecting the environment – CEEP’s advice and decision-support tools reveal if an investment is worthwhile and if the project or policy provides a positive return on investment to society. It’s also a good way to proof if a project or policy provides ‘good value for money’.

Ecosystem Services Mapping & ANGSt+

Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to map ecosystem services supply and demand can be a powerful tool for spatial decision-making and management at various scales. CEEP helps you to identify areas where Natural Capital is most valuable and areas where the human demand for ecosystem services cannot be sufficiently satisfied. This enhances efficient resource allocation by providing or improving ecosystem services where they are most needed – best value for money.

CEEP also further developed Natural England’s Accessible Natural Greenspace Standard (ANGSt) to the ANGSt+ which gives you a more accurate picture of where recreational greenspaces are needed most. ANGSt+ maps have been established for example as part of the Marches Ecosystem Assessment.

Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES)

Payments for ecosystem services (PES) is a market-based instrument to secure and fund the sustainable provision of ecosystem services we all depend upon. A PES scheme is a market created to enable the suppliers of ecosystem services such as landowners or charities to be paid by the users of those services.

PES can for example be used by a water company to pay farmers for more sustainable agricultural management to improve the water quality in a river catchment. The improved water quality reduces the water treatment costs for the water company. PES can create typical ‘win-win situations’ benefiting both, the providers and the beneficiaries of ecosystem services. Another example for a PES scheme is ‘visitor payback’ where tourists voluntarily contribute to the management and protection of the greenspaces they visit. For more information about PES click here (external link, pdf).

CEEP can help you exploring PES opportunities and to set up and manage PES schemes tailored for your specific circumstances.

i-Tree Assessments

What is the value of your natural assets? The i-Tree tool allows for example calculating the contribution of trees to climate change mitigation, air pollution control and amenity values. A single mature tree can have a value of £100,000 and more. i-Tree is a peer-reviewed valuation tool developed in the United States.

Its application has been successfully tested in the UK and CEEP can undertake such an assessment for you. The tool is applicable for a single tree but also at the site, local and regional level. The benefits are reported in monetary values which is a great way to assess, account, monitor and communicate the value of your trees and (urban) forest.

Environmental and Sustainability Accounting & Reporting

Accounting for and reporting the wider social and environmental performance of businesses is incresingly demanded by shareholders, investors, authorities and other stakeholders. Environmental or sustainability reports are a good way to communicate the environmental and social goals and performance of your business. CEEP can help you to identify and assess the most significant indicators for environmental accounting and can also calculate the monetary value of business activities on the environment. CEEP can also produce or contribute to your environmental or sustainability report by explicitly valuing the impact of your business processes on ecosystem services.

 

Please contact CEEP for enquiries, quotes, and indeed for any questions about these and other services.