£2.3 million has been awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund to the Tamara Landscape Partnership for a five- year programme of projects in the Tamar Valley AONB in Devon and Cornwall following a natural capital baseline audit undertaken by eCountability in 2020.
The audit used the UK Habitat Classification (UKHab link) to develop a habitat map from earth observation imagery interpretation supported by ground truthing field survey. The potential supply of ecosystem services, such as carbon capture and air quality mitigation, was then mapped across the AONB.
Partners eftec (Economics for the Environment) developed the baseline natural capital account using the UKHab mapped dataset and eCountability worked with FWAG SouthWest to design a tool for local landowners to explore options for improving biodiversity and ecosystem services on their land.
Further information on the Tamara Landscape Partnership Scheme launched in May 2021 can be found here.