Incorporation of Ecosystem Services values in the Integrated Management of Irish Freshwater Resources - ESManage

Id:
4

Funder:
Environmental Protection Agency

Title:
Incorporation of Ecosystem Services values in the Integrated Management of Irish Freshwater Resources - ESManage

Project Reference:
2014-W-LS-5

Coordinator:
Kelly-Quinn Mary

Organisation:
University College Dublin (UCD)

Country:
IRELAND

SRIA Themes:
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Start Date:
01/02/2015

End Date:
01/02/2018

Summary:
The objective of this project is to harness the knowledge and tools required to embed an appreciation of ecosystem services and the ecosystems services approach into policy and decision-making for sustainable management of water resources, as required by the Water Framework Directive. The project objectives will be achieved through a synthesis of existing and new information from the physical/biological sciences and economics. This will be supported by consultation with key stakeholders. A thorough review of the literature related to the ecosystem services concept and synthesis of available information on Irish freshwaters will be compiled. Existing and new biological data will be analysed to investigate responses (thresholds, resistance) to stressors/drivers and links to ecosystem services. Scenario analysis will show how delivery of ecosystem services may be affected by changes in drivers. The results of the scenario analysis will be used to inform the economic valuation of future changes to the provision of key aquatic ecosystem services in Irish rivers. Finally, the output from the valuation will be used to develop a policy brief with recommendation on how the research findings (and more generally the ecosystem services approach) can best be embedded into policy and decision-making related to management of water resources.

Keywords:
Ecosystem Services; Policy; Water Framework Directive; Freshwater; Biological data