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Volume 705: debated on Wednesday 19 November 2008

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What progress has been made by the United Kingdom Biodiversity Research Advisory Group in investigating empirical ecosystems. [HL6296]

The UK Biodiversity Research Advisory Group’s Research Needs Analysis for the Role of Biodiversity in Ecosystem Function, published in October 2006, recommended that there was a need for empirical studies on ecosystems to improve our understanding of ecosystem functioning and of the services they provide.

In September 2008, UK BRAG held a joint workshop with the British Ecological Society to look specifically at ecosystem services and the ecosystem approach. The workshop brought environmental researchers together with sociologists and geographers to look at valuing biodiversity in a more holistic and practical way. The proceedings of this workshop will shortly be available on the UK BRAG website.