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Changes in tree and forest ecosystem service values

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Home research Valuing and governing tree and forest ecosystem services Changes in tree and forest ecosystem service values

Our research has explored how values might change under different scenarios and visions, and different costs and benefits. For example:

1. Stakeholder analysis was used to develop five visions (options) for woodland expansion in Scotland based on different priorities. The visions each had a particular focus: Green Gold (productive woodland), Wild Woodlands (naturally regenerating native woodland), Native Networks (native, semi-natural woodland), Woodland Culture (community empowered management) and Multiple Benefits (right tree in the right place). Working in this way can help support more joined up and effective approaches to land use planning.

2. Several climate change adaptation options using different tree species are being explored to show where replanting with an alternative species is cost-effective from a climate change mitigation perspective.

3. Surveys on the expected costs and benefits of introducing practices to limit the introduction and spread of phytophthoras (fungal pathogens affecting trees) suggest that often measures are not considered cost-effective from the nursery’s perspective, limiting the potential for relying on a voluntary certification scheme to increase uptake by the sector.




Publications, papers and information on changes in tree and forest ecosystem service values

Strathard: a landscape to live, work and play

Comparing the cost-effectiveness of forestry options for climate change mitigation

Biodiversity and rotation length: economic models and ecological evidence

Biodiversity and rotation length

Developing multi-stand/CCF version of optimal rotation length prototype model

Understanding stakeholder visions for woodland expansion in Scotland

Research Status
Science group leader
Forestry Staff Liz OBrien RzWQYOa.2e16d0ba.fill 600x600 2
Funding & partners
  • Scottish Forestry, Forestry Commission England and Natural Resources Wales