UK NEA Synergy
The UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UK NEA) provided an analysis of how different UK habitats provide public services. The LUES work has expanded the typology presented in the UK NEA’s ‘Woodland’ chapter to consider ES associated with wooded landscapes, and provides the foundation for a framework that supports societal perspectives and preferences leading to inclusive and thorough decision making. The LUES work is developing alongside the recent developments from the UK NEA2 and in particular the application of the UK NEA scenarios to forest management.
Our work provides a range of different opportunities for collaborative ecosystem service research with UK and international partners. This applied research allows the LUES groups to develop new approaches to sustainable forest management in forests and wooded landscapes. The EU projects encompass the urban and peri-urban focus of the GREENSURGE project to the forest management context of SIMWOOD. The next focus of EU funding is Horizon 2020 which is an exciting opportunity for FR over the coming years .
Forest Landscape Restoration
The LUES group work in the UK and internationally on a number of existing and proven rural development, conservation and natural resource management principles and approaches for the restoration of forested landscapes. These have combined and applied appropriately for individual circumstances.
The term Forest Landscape Restoration is used to describe a process that aims to regain ecological integrity and enhance human well-being in deforested or degraded forest landscapes. The concept has been further developed under the umbrella of the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration.