Five UK research funders have jointly committed £7·2m for a five-year Valuing Nature research programme.  

The Valuing Nature programme aims to better understand and represent the complexities of the natural environment in valuation analyses and to consider the wider societal and cultural value of ecosystems services, even where these may have no perceived market value.

The funders are the Natural Environment Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, who have jointly committed £7·2m to the interdisciplinary collaboration.

The Valuing Nature programme has 3 main goals:

1. To improve our understanding of

  • the links between ecosystem stocks and tipping points
  • how the values of ecosystem services change as tipping points are reached and exceeded
  • critical levels of natural capital that avoid abrupt and damaging ecosystem change.
     

2. To improve our understanding of the role biodiversity and ecosystem processes play in human health and wellbeing in three areas: 

  • natural hazards and extreme events
  • the exposure of people to vector-borne diseases and marine toxins
  • health and wellbeing improvements associated with urban ecosystems (green space).
     

3. To continue to provide time-limited support to the Valuing Nature Network. 

The programme will acheive these goals through a mix of research, network and cross-
discipline and impact activities.

Apply to coordinate the new Valuing Nature programme

The first step in establishing the new Valuing Nature programme will be the appointment of a programme coordination team. Aplications for the Valuing Nature programme coordination team are now open, deadline is 20 March 2014. 
 

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