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Data from: Benefits and costs of ecological restoration: rapid assessment of changing ecosystem service values at a UK wetland

Data from: Benefits and costs of ecological restoration: rapid assessment of changing ecosystem service values at a UK wetland
Data from: Benefits and costs of ecological restoration: rapid assessment of changing ecosystem service values at a UK wetland
Restoration of degraded land is recognized by the international community as an important way of enhancing both biodiversity and ecosystem services, but more information is needed about its costs and benefits. In Cambridgeshire, U.K., a long-term initiative to convert drained, intensively farmed arable land to a wetland habitat mosaic is driven by a desire both to prevent biodiversity loss from the nationally important Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve (Wicken Fen NNR) and to increase the provision of ecosystem services. We evaluated the changes in ecosystem service delivery resulting from this land conversion, using a new Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment (TESSA) to estimate biophysical and monetary values of ecosystem services provided by the restored wetland mosaic compared with the former arable land. Overall results suggest that restoration is associated with a net gain to society as a whole of $199 ha−1y−1, for a one-off investment in restoration of $2320 ha−1. Restoration has led to an estimated loss of arable production of $2040 ha−1y−1, but estimated gains of $671 ha−1y−1 in nature-based recreation, $120 ha−1y−1 from grazing, $48 ha−1y−1 from flood protection, and a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worth an estimated $72 ha−1y−1. Management costs have also declined by an estimated $1325 ha−1y−1. Despite uncertainties associated with all measured values and the conservative assumptions used, we conclude that there was a substantial gain to society as a whole from this land-use conversion. The beneficiaries also changed from local arable farmers under arable production to graziers, countryside users from towns and villages, and the global community, under restoration. We emphasize that the values reported here are not necessarily transferable to other sites.,Data used to value nature-based recreationThis is a short data file containing data collected in questionnaire surveys in 2011 of visitors to a wetland restoration project at Wicken Fen. It is divided into short sections that list different categories of data from the questionnaire. It also lists data received from the National Trust about visitor numbers in 2010.Ecology and Evolution data for ECE31248.pdf,
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Hughes, Francine M. R., Balmford, Andrew, Field, Rob H., Lamb, Anthony, Birch, Jennifer C., Bradbury, Richard B., Brown, Claire, Butchart, Stuart H. M., Lester, Martin, Morrison, Ross, Sedgwick, Isabel, Soans, Chris, Stattersfield, Alison J., Stroh, Peter A., Swetnam, Ruth D., Walpole, Matt and Warrington, Stuart (2014) Data from: Benefits and costs of ecological restoration: rapid assessment of changing ecosystem service values at a UK wetland. DRYAD doi:10.5061/dryad.669h5 [Dataset]

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Abstract

Restoration of degraded land is recognized by the international community as an important way of enhancing both biodiversity and ecosystem services, but more information is needed about its costs and benefits. In Cambridgeshire, U.K., a long-term initiative to convert drained, intensively farmed arable land to a wetland habitat mosaic is driven by a desire both to prevent biodiversity loss from the nationally important Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve (Wicken Fen NNR) and to increase the provision of ecosystem services. We evaluated the changes in ecosystem service delivery resulting from this land conversion, using a new Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment (TESSA) to estimate biophysical and monetary values of ecosystem services provided by the restored wetland mosaic compared with the former arable land. Overall results suggest that restoration is associated with a net gain to society as a whole of $199 ha−1y−1, for a one-off investment in restoration of $2320 ha−1. Restoration has led to an estimated loss of arable production of $2040 ha−1y−1, but estimated gains of $671 ha−1y−1 in nature-based recreation, $120 ha−1y−1 from grazing, $48 ha−1y−1 from flood protection, and a reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worth an estimated $72 ha−1y−1. Management costs have also declined by an estimated $1325 ha−1y−1. Despite uncertainties associated with all measured values and the conservative assumptions used, we conclude that there was a substantial gain to society as a whole from this land-use conversion. The beneficiaries also changed from local arable farmers under arable production to graziers, countryside users from towns and villages, and the global community, under restoration. We emphasize that the values reported here are not necessarily transferable to other sites.,Data used to value nature-based recreationThis is a short data file containing data collected in questionnaire surveys in 2011 of visitors to a wetland restoration project at Wicken Fen. It is divided into short sections that list different categories of data from the questionnaire. It also lists data received from the National Trust about visitor numbers in 2010.Ecology and Evolution data for ECE31248.pdf,

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Published date: 1 January 2014

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Local EPrints ID: 449266
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/449266
PURE UUID: f9908778-7f19-42df-910e-ab831fbcfe14
ORCID for Kelvin S.-H. Peh: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-2921-1341

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Date deposited: 20 May 2021 16:35
Last modified: 21 May 2021 01:44

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Creator: Francine M. R. Hughes
Contributor: Kelvin S.-H. Peh ORCID iD
Creator: Andrew Balmford
Creator: Rob H. Field
Creator: Anthony Lamb
Creator: Jennifer C. Birch
Creator: Richard B. Bradbury
Creator: Claire Brown
Creator: Stuart H. M. Butchart
Creator: Martin Lester
Creator: Ross Morrison
Creator: Isabel Sedgwick
Creator: Chris Soans
Creator: Alison J. Stattersfield
Creator: Peter A. Stroh
Creator: Ruth D. Swetnam
Contributor: David H. L. Thomas
Creator: Matt Walpole
Creator: Stuart Warrington

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