Catchment Management and Ecosystem Services

Ricardo Energy & Environment are market leaders in developing and implementing the Catchment Based Approach (CaBA) to water management. The approach aims to deliver improvements in waterbody status under the Water Framework Directive, while generating multiple Ecosystem Services benefits such as habitat creation and recreation.

Our team has extensive experience in developing and applying both CaBA and Ecosystem Services concepts in environmental policy appraisal, and our work for Defra, the Environment Agency and Natural England has contributed significantly to the practical development and application of the Ecosystems Services approach and its integration into existing environmental assessment frameworks. We regularly work with water companies on integration of CaBA and the Ecosystems Services approach into their strategic business plans.

The combination of our detailed technical knowledge of catchment science with environmental economics, and wide experience of partnership working and stakeholder engagement, means that we can quantify the benefits to different stakeholders of applying CaBA. We can also work with you to help identify potential partnership funders who may be willing to provide payments for the Ecosystem Services generated through the CaBA process.