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RD 1.4.2: Identifying and understanding multiple benefits and trade-offs

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RD 1.4.2 Identifying and understanding multiple benefits and trade-offs research considers how we can identify resilient interventions for multiple benefits.  We will analyse the trade-offs and synergies in terms of the ecosystem services being delivered by existing patterns of land use, linking historic land use change with the current state of natural assets and exploring consequences of different drivers of land use change in the future. This will provide national and regional level evidence to support policy, particularly how new combinations of existing measures or new measures could deliver multiple benefits. This RD will use the outputs from RD 1.4.1 Natural Asset Register and Natural Capital Accounting and provide the tools and the institutional context for RD 1.4.3’s place-based case studies.

Our research is divided into various strands:

1.4.2a: Identification of gaps in the current delivery of multiple benefits:- contact Alessandro Gimona

1.4.2b: Identification of opportunities to increase multiple benefits through policy and industry delivery mechanisms, including:

1.4.2c: Option appraisals to demonstrate resilience of natural assets under different trajectories, including:

  • Policy option appraisal for delivery of multiple benefits : - contact Alessandro Gimona
  • Climate adaptation and mitigation impacts on multiple benefits: - contact Alessandro Gimona
  • Assessing economic impacts of changes in Ecosystem Services – contact Dominic Moran

These projects are being delivered by multi-disciplinary teams from James Hutton Institute and Scottish Rural College, supported by BiOSS.

Outputs delivered to date:

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.