Improved ways to protect water resources and alleviate flood risk are needed. This requires the cooperation of land users and some change in their land use and practices. This typically involves a combination of advice and capital grants backed up by regulation. The ability to provide incentives to go further in protecting water by setting aside the limited areas of land with most beneficial effect has been lacking. Land set aside for water protection might include restored wetlands, wooded buffer zones, or permanent grassland in areas with high hydrological linkage and vulnerable soils. Often these areas will be sloping or seasonally waterlogged, but although value for farming is limited they are intensively farmed and their retirement may bring income loss.

The project will investigate whether Payments for Ecosystems Services (PES) schemes can address this issue. PES involve a voluntary transaction in which an environmental service (often a land use providing this service) is paid for by one or more buyer(s). In short the beneficiaries of environmental services pay for their provision and the providers of those services get paid to provide them. The project will partner and evaluate a PES scheme for water protection in South West England.



The potential of land conservation agreements for protection of water resources

Author: Laurence Smith Date: 03 December 2012 Journal article

Workshop report : catchment management innovations : RELU project highlights and a research agenda for UK catchment management

Author: Laurence Smith Date: 12 October 2012 Other Report

From agency control to collaboration? : a comparative analysis of ‘paradigm’ shift in environmental management

Author: David Benson Date: 03 July 2012 Conference paper/presentation

Integrating science and governance for collective management of catchments and watersheds

Author: Laurence Smith Date: 26 March 2012 Conference paper/presentation

Identifying, bundling and selling practical ecosystem service packages on a catchment scale

Author: Laurence Couldrick Date: 12 March 2012 Seminar/workshop

Payments for ecosystems services

Author: Dylan Bright Date: 09 March 2012 Seminar/workshop

The work of WATER in the Westcountry

Author: Laurence Couldrick Date: 09 March 2012 Seminar/workshop

Stakeholder co-production of models in catchment management for water quality

Author: Tobias Krueger Date: 06 March 2012 Conference paper/presentation

Catchment management for protection of water resources : public and private solutions

Author: Laurence Smith Date: 06 March 2012 Conference paper/presentation

Catchment restoration in the River Tamar catchment, UK : modelling agriculture, water quality and greenhouse gas emissions

Author: Paulette Posen Date: 22 February 2012 Conference paper/presentation

Paying for ecosystem services (PES) and the water industry

Author: Laurence Smith Date: 21 February 2012 Conference paper/presentation

How can the catchment approach be rolled out for 100 catchments? : critical success factors

Author: Dylan Bright Date: 23 November 2011 Conference paper/presentation

The non-governmental view of catchment management

Author: Rob Cunningham Date: 23 November 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Written evidence

Author: David Benson` Date: 11 October 2011 Evidence

Integrating science and governance for catchment management

Author: Laurence Smith Date: 14 September 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Paying farmers for ecosystem services : costs and characteristics of long term agreements

Author: Alex Inman Date: 14 September 2011 Conference paper/presentation

Start date
30 September 2010
End date
13 October 2012
Grant holder
Professor Laurence Smith
Co-applicants
Dr Kelvin Balcombe
Professor Kevin Miles Hiscock
Grant amount
£151,472.87
Grant reference
RES-240-25-0018
Discipline
No Lead Discipline
Grant type