The new Natural Environment Valuation Online (NEVO) tool is a map-based decision support tool to inform decisions that affect the natural environment of England and Wales.
The tool has been the work of a team the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute at the University of Exeter in collaboration, and with funding from, Defra. After month’s of testing, the tool is now live for public use. To mark the occasion, Prof. Brett Day and Dr. Nathan Owen of the University of Exeter presented a webinar showcasing the tool, and inviting participants to take part in case study trials of its usage.
NEVO’s primary purpose is to help explore, quantify and make predictions about the benefits that are derived from existing and altered land use across England and Wales. The tool is freely available designed to be easy to use, making it accessible to a wide range of users. It makes use of state-of-the-art environmental and economic models developed by the University of Exeter in a user-friendly interface. The tool assesses the value of ecosystem services relating to agriculture, recreation, forestry, carbon emissions, biodiversity and water quantity/quality. Users will be able to change model parameters so as to inform particular decisions they are involved in.
For those who missed the live webinar, a recording has been made available thanks to the webinar hosts Ecosystems Knowledge Network. The full webinar session is available here: https://ecosystemsknowledge.net/events/webinars/library
You can also access the NEVO tool at: www.leep.exeter.ac.uk/nevo