Working Group 2 (WG2) - PES Environmental Effectiveness
WG2's primary objective is to consider the environment effectiveness of woodland creation measures to reduce agricultural diffuse pollution. It will develop and compare model performance, and provide a methodology and guidance on strengths and weaknesses of data and models to inform valuation approaches and assessments of cost effectiveness by WG3. The focus will be to provide value ranges for a standard set of measures to reduce key diffuse pollutants, and to use these to populate look-up tables for use by pollutant and ecosystem services models. The Action will enjoy free-of-charge access to models; data ownership remains with the source. Potential impacts on water resources will also be assessed, particularly the ability of woodland creation to increase water use and how this might be influenced by climate change. Work will take place through STSMs, workshops and a training school.