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