Scoping and training workshops for Falkland Islands, South Georgia and Ascension Island stakeholders

In February 2017, Wolfs Company and SAERI conducted three workshops with Government representatives and other stakeholders. The main objectives of these workshops were to increase understanding about why a study on natural capital is useful for the islands in the South Atlantic, and to develop the scope for natural capital assessments on Ascension, the Falkland Islands and South Georgia & the South Sandwich Islands. The full report can be accessed here

Falkland Islands Habitat mapping

The first iteration of a habitat map for the Falkland Islands has been completed (Figure 2). Satellite imagery used was taken on 19.12. 2016, and comes from European Space agency’s Sentinel 2. The resolution of the imagery is 10 metres, which means that objects less than 10 metres are not distinguishable The imagery was classified using a pixel-based approach, where more than 6,000 points have been placed on the imagery and matched with a specific habitat class. Some of the habitats have been merged into broader classes (e.g. grassland), whilst others are more detailed where the data allow. A model has then been run in QGIS to compare the 6,000 points with the satellite imagery, to produce a seamless habitat map. Further model runs, and ground-truthing where possible, will refine the map over the next few months. The full report can be accessed here

Giant kelp ‘Blue carbon’ storage and sequestration value in the Falkland Islands.

Dan Bayley, a PhD student on the London NERC Doctoral Training Programme visited the Falkland Islands between March and June 2017 to determine the contribution its giant kelp makes to climate regulation. Giant kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera) removes and stores carbon from the atmosphere providing climate regulation services to benefit human wellbeing.

Based on satellite observation, the distribution of Macrocystis kelp forest surrounding the islands of the Falklands was found to cover a current area of approximately 664 km2 – which equates to approximately 0.02% of the estimated mean global area of all macroalgae, set at 3.54 million km2. Using conservative average measures for both standing stock and annual sequestration, the Falkland Islands have a current standing stock of $21.84 million in CO2e (ranging from $7.61 – 31.09 million), with annual sequestration to the deep sea valued at $23.99 million yr-1 (ranging from $16.32 – 31.66 million). The full report can be accessed here: Valuing Ecosystem services in the Falkland Islands

St Helena consultation meetings

In January 2018 the NCA project team visited the beautiful island of St Helena to meet with a wide range of stakeholders including the Governor of St Helena, Ascension Island and Tristan da Cunha, the twelve members of the legislative council, staff of the Environment and Natural Resources Department, farmers, NGOs and utility companies. At the end of the week a full-day consultation meeting was held to provide those attending with a general overview of natural capital concepts and methodologies, and to develop ideas for the NCA project team to develop further.
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