What’s a Hill Worth? Preparing public goods for payment on upland farms around Pendle Hill: Issues, Approaches and Findings
Hosted by the Forest of Bowland AONB.
The Forest of Bowland AONB are researching the impact on Lancashire hill farms of current policy changes by assessing their current business models and the value of natural capital they farm. We are providing the farms with scenarios for them, based on these factors and the possible options for payments to manage environmental outcomes. This data will support them in making business and farming decisions. A hypothetical case study farm was be described and the issues facing it drawn out for discussion.
Dr Alison Holt is director of Natural Capital Solutions Ltd and Visiting Researcher in Animal and
Plant Sciences at The University of Sheffield. She works with a broad range of organisations from the public, private and NGO sectors, delivering projects that focus on natural capital assessment, modelling, mapping and economic valuation of ecosystem services, natural capital accounting, landscape opportunity mapping and economic impact analyses. She has worked on Eycott Hill reserve natural capital account (2018); Cumbria Catchment Pioneer Pilot Project (2017 – ); Socio-economic impacts of the MoorLIFE 2020 Project (2017-20).
Professor Joe Morris: Director of Morris Resource Economics, Emeritus Professor of Resource Economics at Cranfield University; Principal Investigator, Rural Economy and Land Use Project, Integrated Floodplain Management (2006-9); Lead Expert, UK Foresight Land Use Futures Project (2010), Cabinet Office for Science and Technology, UK Government; Project Advisor: UK Land Use and Climate Change, UK Committee on Climate Change, 2016-2017; Lead Author, Land Degradation and Restoration, UNEP International Platform for Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity (IPBES): 2014-2017.
Cathy Hopley is Scheme Manager for the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership led by Forest of Bowland AONB. She has been Develepment Officer at the AONB since 2004, having previously worked at the Countryside Agency, Mersey Forest and Lancashire Wildlife Trust.
Thomas Binns is the chairman of the NFU’s Upland Forum, and a livestock farmer on Pendle hill.
You can read a blog about the session outcomes here.