Name of customer organisation: Scottish Natural Heritage
Contract Start date :20 June 2018
Contract completion date: 19 September 2018
Since 2011, Scotland has published an annual Natural Capital Asset Index (NCAI), tracking relative changes in terrestrial natural capital assets through evaluation of ecosystem service potential. SNH contracted the MBA to produce a desk-based study to examine whether a marine version of the NCAI is now feasible and how it could be delivered. The project identified a suitable suite of indicators for use and provided suggestions for indicator development as well as trialling a case study to demonstrate all aspects of indicator development for a single Scottish region. This work supports the development of a final marine NCAI to support environmental managers and policy makers to take account of the effects that human pressures have on ecosystem services to ensure that the uses and benefits that humans obtain from marine ecosystems are sustained.