Project: Ecosystems Services Valuation

Reference: TASM12003

Last update: 25/11/2013 15:29:32


The Department for Transport is working with Defra on a long-term strategy for the development of environmental valuation in transport appraisal. This includes the valuation of ecosystem services, which has been developed and tested across government as the main way of assessing the impacts of investment decisions and policy options on the natural environment. Given the rapidly increasing interest in this by decision makers across government, there is a need to understand the implications and impacts for transport. This research will assess the feasibility and available tools for applying the ecosystem services approach to inform transport decision making to inform a wider decision about the extent to which the approach should be adopted by DfT.


Desk-based research to establish links / gaps between current environmental appraisal approach and an ecosystem services approach; set out a framework for an ecosystem services screening exercise; and review evidence base for potential to analyse in more detail / monetise impacts on screened-in ecosystem services.


Atkins Transport Group
Euston Tower, 286 Euston Road, London, NW1 3AT

Contract details

Cost to the Department: £53,198.89

Actual start date: 21 November 2012

Actual completion date: 21 February 2013


Applying an ecosystem services framework to transport appraisal
Author: Atkins
Publication date: 01/07/2013
Source: DfT
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Summary of results

  1. Thorough review of how ecosystem services approach could be applied to transport appraisal and gaps / overlaps with current approach. Outlined framework for screening ecosystem service impacts and method for more detailed analysis for a limited set of services where evidence exists.