Dr Chris Sherrington, Principal Consultant at Eunomia, spoke today at an Ecosystems Knowledge Network workshop in Edinburgh.
The event, run under ‘Chatham House’ rules, was organised by the Aberdeen-based James Hutton Institute. The focus of the day was to exchange practitioner experiences of, and offer insights into, the application of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes.
Eunomia is currently leading a Defra-funded PES Pilot Project, in partnership with Avon Wildlife Trust, and supported by Wessex Water, Bristol Water, and TLT Solicitors, in the Winford Brook catchment south of Bristol. The catchment faces a number of issues – such as high levels of soil erosion, and associated impacts on water quality – and the project team is developing an approach intended to address these issues in a cost-effective manner.
Drawing on the experience to date of the pilot project, Chris offered a number of practical recommendations for others planning to develop a PES scheme. A report on the workshop is available from the Ecosystems Knowledge Network website.