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EXPLORING THE ECOSYSTEM SERVICE VALUE AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF AN ECOSYSTEM SERVICE POLICY APPROACH IN A NORTHERN UK CITY.

Flockton-Meddeman, T (2020) EXPLORING THE ECOSYSTEM SERVICE VALUE AND THE IMPLEMENTATION OF AN ECOSYSTEM SERVICE POLICY APPROACH IN A NORTHERN UK CITY. Masters thesis, Liverpool John Moores University.

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Abstract

This project aims to identify and engage two main target groups within the Liverpool City Region (LCR): key decision-makers and the public living within LCR. Both are stakeholders within the commentary surrounding green infrastructure within the region. The project broadly aims to explore stakeholder (both public and private) perceptions of urban greenspace within the LCR. It hopes to further the narrative on the application of environmental economics within northern UK cities through implementing ecosystem valuation methodologies within the wider ecosystem service framework. I have taken this opportunity to advance otherwise limited WTP data within low-income communities by choosing a study site in Everton, North Liverpool, ranked amongst the 1% most deprived areas in the country (Urban GreenUp, 2017). The project also looks more broadly at perceptions of an ecosystem service policy approach and the potential for its implementation within the LCR via accessing current knowledge and perceptions from key decision makers within the region. In short, this study broadly looks to generate data fit to inform environmental decision-making within a local, regional and national scale. The project therefore sets out objectives to: • Elicit public values and perceptions of urban greenspace through the development and application of a willingness-to-pay choice contingent study in Everton, North Liverpool. • Fill gaps in research via generating willingness-to-pay data for GI in a low-income community within a northern UK city. • Assess professional knowledge, perceptions, and the potential for implementation of an ecosystem service policy approach, specifically the natural capital approach, within the Liverpool City Region. • Provide context to the wider discussion around future changes in environmental legislation, in term informing the decision-making process at varying levels.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Environmental Economics; Urban Greenspace; Green Infrastructure; Ecosystem Services
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GE Environmental Sciences
Divisions: Biological & Environmental Sciences (new Sep 19)
Date Deposited: 28 May 2020 10:53
Last Modified: 28 May 2020 10:54
DOI or Identification number: 10.24377/LJMU.t.00012992
Supervisors: Bowe, C
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12992

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