Valuing Nature Network

Programme overview

The Valuing Nature Network was a c. two year funded network designed to promote and develop interdisciplinary research capacity in the valuation of biodiversity, natural resources and ecosystem services, in anticipation of a future larger strategic research initiative – the Valuing Nature programme.

Background & objectives

The Valuing Nature Networks overall mission was to support interdisciplinary partnerships to scope, develop and promote research capacity in the valuation of biodiversity, ecosystem services and natural resources and facilitate the integration of such approaches in policy and practice in the public and private sectors.

The two main aims of the network were to:

  • Articulate the challenge of valuing the contribution that the stock of natural capital and the flow of ecosystem services make to human well-being, and developing meaningful methods of valuation.
  • Identify and develop the underpinning socio-ecological system knowledge that will enable robust monetary and non-monetary valuation to be achieved.

In order to address these aims the network supported a number of small interdisciplinary research projects which sought to tackle the following challenges:

  • How can the complexity of socio-ecological systems be incorporated into valuations of biodiversity, ecosystem services and natural resource use?
  • How can stock sustainability be incorporated within valuations of biodiversity, ecosystem services and natural resource use?
  • How can issues of scale be incorporated within valuations of biodiversity, ecosystem services and natural resource use?
  • How do we integrate information on values obtained from the natural sciences, economics and other social sciences into governance and so improve decision making and how can such improved decisions be implemented effectively?

Report & key findings

Valuing Nature Network Final report (PDF, 3.5MB)