UK National Ecosystem Assessment

Ecosystems are critically important to our well-being and economic prosperity, but are consistently undervalued in conventional economic analyses and decision making. The UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UK NEA) provides a comprehensive overview of the state of the natural environment in the UK and a new way of estimating our national wealth. It shows how we have under-valued our natural resources.

The UK’s ecosystems are delivering services well, but about 30% are in long-term decline. The exact relationship between biodiversity and ecosystem services is still incompletely understood. One major challenge is sustainable intensification of agriculture: increasing food production while decreasing the environmental footprint. A move to sustainable development will require transparency, regulation, technology, financial investment and education, as well as changes in people’s behaviour and adoption of more integrated ecosystem management.

To read the Summary of the ‘UK National Ecosystem Assessment - Synthesis of the Key click on the link

http://archive.defra.gov.uk/environment/natural/documents/UKNEA_SynthesisReport.pdf