Services

Assessing and valuing ecosystem services is an emerging concept in UK, European and global policies and agendas such as environmental management, planning and health. It is also increasingly recognised in the business world as ecosystem services are fundamental to business success and the economy as a whole. CEEP helps you integrating the value of ecosystem services along the whole decision-making process from the ideas stage to evaluation and monitoring. All services are specifically designed for your organisation and in close collaboration with you and relevant stakeholders.
 
Below you can find an overview of our services.

Knowledge Transfer
Ecosystem services and the Ecosystem Approach are emerging concept in UK policies and the business world. These topics are very complex and theterminology that comes with them is often new and difficult to understand. CEEP offers workshops 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. CEEP recently ran an Ecosystem Services Knowledge Exchange Workshop Series for Wildlife Trusts across the UK.

Ecosystem Assessment
The main aim of an Ecosystem Assessment (EA) is to inform about the state, trend and value of ecosystem services and how these services contribute to human wellbeing e.g. at the city or county scale. The assessment and valuation of environmental assets and the services people derive from them is the first step towards integrating ecosystem services into management and decision-making because 'what gets measured, gets managed'. CEEP is the first and only organisation undertaking comprehensive local and regional Ecosystem Assessments in the UK, applying the principles of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment. The main outcome is usually a scientific report specifically prepared for your area and executive summaries for the most important target audiences such as for example planners, businesses or health organisations. 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 the CEEP guidance prepared for the UK National Ecosystem Assessment Follow-On (external link, pdf). CEEP is the specialist for local and regional Ecosystem Assessments in the UK and has prepared such assessments e.g. for Birmingham City Council, Staffordshire County Council, the Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull Local Nature Partnership and the Birmingham and Black Country Nature Improvement Area in the past. An example for an Ecosystem Assessment for the City of Birmingham can be found here.
 
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 natural assets such as environamntal land holdings are usually overlooked in conventional accounting hiding the considerable value of such assets. CEEP applies the Corporate Natural Capital Accounts (CNCA) framework and guidelines recently prepared for the Natural Capital Committee (NCC) to establish a natural capital balance sheet showing the liabilities as well as the private, social and environmental benefits associated with 'green' assets. A natural capital balance sheet reveals the real value of a company's or authority's land and can for example be used to inform budget negotiations or for reporting purposes. CEEP has recently been comissioned by Birminghamj City Council to establish natural capital accounts for Birmingham's Parks Department.
 
Corporate Ecosystem Valuation (CEV)
Corporate Ecosystem Valuation (CEV) is an emerging tool which has been introduced by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). CEV serves corporate decision-making by identifying and valuing ecosystem impacts by businesses; but also risks and opportunities businesses face from changing ecosystem services. All businesses depend on ecosystem services in one way or another. However, the provision of ecosystem services changes over time which, if not valued and managed, can become a serious threat to business success. Climate change is one of the main drivers. In general CEV can be applied to a business as a whole, but also to a products, services, projects, assets, or an incident. The outcomes can for example inform corporate risk management, accounting, or environmental and sustainability reporting. CEEP is member of the UK Business Council for Sustainable Development (BCSD-UK) Corporate Ecosystem Valuation Task Force and therefore best placed to underake a CEV for you. For more information about Corporate Ecosystem Valuation and why this might be relevant to your business click here (external link, pdf).
 
Policy Analysis and Decision-Support Tools
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 economic values they have often been undervalued or even neglected in the past which lead to biased decisions and a degradation of ecosystems and the services they provide. CEEP helps you to reveal and systematically assess the social, economic and environmental impacts of your decision. Applying decision-support tools like Multi-Criteria Decision Analysis (MCDA), extended Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA) and Social Return on Investment (SROI) allows to systematically assess and compare different policy options and helps you to make well informed and evidence based decisions in favour of the economy, society as well as the environment. Weather you plan to invest in an environmental project or you have to make a decision about a project or policy affecting the environment - our decision-support tools reveal if an investment is worthwhile and if the project or policy provides a positive return on investment. It's also a good way to proof that your project or policy provides good ‘value for money’.
 
Ecosystem Services Mapping
Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to map ecosystem services supply and demand can be a powerful tool for spatial planning decisions at various scales. CEEP helps you to identify areas where ecosystems are very 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 demanded. An example for mapping the supply and demand for ecosystem services for Birmingham can be found here.
 
Accessible Natural Greenspace Standard (ANGSt) Analysis
CEEP offers GIS analysis for Natural England's Accessible Natural Greenspace Standard (ANGSt). ANGSt is a powerful tool in assessing current levels of accessible natural greenspace, and planning for better provision. ANGSt recommends for example that everyone, wherever they live, should have accessible natural greenspace of at least 2 hectares in size, no more than 300 metres (5 minutes walk) from home plus a minimum of one hectare of statutory Local Nature Reserves (LNRs) per thousand population. CEEP can assess if your local authority meets this standard and what you can do to improve natural greenspace close to where people live.

Policy Design & Green Infrastructure Strategies
Environmental policy in the UK is in revision. It is more and more demanded to take the 'real' value of the environment into account when developing policies. Implementing environmental values and ecosystem services into policy-making is a challenging task and CEEP can advice and support this process. CEEP can for example help you to establish or update a Green Infrastructure Strategy based on the concept of ecosystem services.This helps to better comunicate why green infrastructure is so important to our wellbeing and how it benefits society. A Green Infrastructure Strategy based on ecosystem services also helps to better communicate how green infrastructure contributes to agendas like planning, health and economic success.
 
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 you depend upon. A PES scheme is a market created to enable the suppliers (or sellers) of ecosystem services to be paid by the users (or buyers) of those services. It can for example be used by a water company to pay farmers for more stustainable 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 sellers and the buyers of ecosystem services. Another example for a PES scheme is 'visitor payback' where tourists voluntarily contribute to the management and protection of the environments they visit. For more information about PES click here (external link, pdf). CEEP can give you advice on if a PES scheme might be feasible for your situation. We can also identify relevant sellers (buyers) and help you to design and set up a PES scheme.
 
i-Tree Assessment
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 comunicate the value of your tree stock.
 
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.

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