The Environmental Land Management Schemes (ELMS)
The Government would like us to research how best to increase public understanding of natural capital asset protection that might be delivered by Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) subsidies. These are payments directed at land managers to help them best look after their land with a range of public interests in mind and for a range of services that benefit people, not just food or timber production.
As part of this, we are planning to create a mobile app to introduce the theme of ‘Natural Capital’ to the public and to highlight natural capital resources in their area. We hope this will help highlight the benefits of added-value land management payments from Defra, which aim to assist farmers and land managers look after and improve the quality or extent of features on their land that supply us with things we need to survive, other than just food.
The project will last for 10 months ending in September and includes site visits, events, public engagement and promotion.
We will be looking at the natural capital of several reserves and farms and figuring out the best way to explain this to the public. This will include photos, a website, events near each site and a mobile phone app. The app may be a way to learn more about habitat types in your area and what they can do to benefit people.
There will be more information to come over the next few months which we will add to this page as well as through our social media channels. If you would like to get more involved we will be looking for people who would like to test the app later in the year. Subscribe to the newsletter to get more information.