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Work Package 1.3: Biodiversity and Ecosystems

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This Work Package addresses the challenge of protecting and restoring our natural capital – our biodiversity and ecosystems - by combining information on ecosystem function, delivery of benefits, resilience, and management practices.

It links basic understanding of the ways in which ecosystems function – and how such functions relate to different components of an ecosystem’s biodiversity – to the development of techniques for addressing and monitoring some of Scotland’s major current conservation challenges. The Work Package’s Research Deliverables (RDs) address different aspects of this chain from fundamental understanding to the development of practical management options (Fig. 1), each focusing on particular Theme 1 Research Questions:

Fig. 1: Conceptual framework for 1.3 research; RQ refers to Theme 1The research within this Work Package is highly relevant to a wide range of Scottish Government policies and strategies, in particular the Scottish Biodiversity Strategy and the Land Use Strategy.

We are committed to this WP operating in close partnership with key stakeholders from a wide range of backgrounds, including Scottish Government, agencies such as SNH and SEPA, NGOs such as RSPB and Nourish Scotland, and industry-orientated organisations.

Project Information
Project Type: 
Active Project
SEFARI – Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research InstitutesSEFARI is the collective of six Scottish world-leading Research Institutes working across the spectrum of environment, land, food, agriculture and communities – all topics which affect how we live our lives, in Scotland and beyond.


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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.