The NEAT Tree is an output of the Tools: Applications, Benefits and Linkages for Ecosystems (TABLES) project (2012-2014). The project was established to deliver Work Packages 9 and 10 of the UK National Ecosystem Assessment Follow-On (NEAFO) research.
The aim of the project was: to mainstream the Ecosystem Approach in policy and decision-making processes across the built and natural environment.
This was done by identifying and adapting the most influential and valued public policy tools within an Ecosystem Services Framework.
The project team used the 12 principles of the Ecosystem Approach as guidance for selecting, improving and using tools as specific stages of a policy, plan, project or programme (PPPP).
To give your feedback or if you require further information, please e-mail the TABLES team.
The TABLES project involved the following stages:
The following types of tools were identified at the outset:
- Ecosystem Services tools
- Futures tools
- Incentives tools
- Public Engagement tools
- Regulatory tools
- Valuation tools
A literature review was carried out for each type of tools in order to understand the scope and contribution of the tools in more detail.
Tools judged to have the highest impact in policy- and decision-making were selected by members of the research team, in collaboration with other stakeholders. Team members completed a written template to review 34 different tools and considered their location and application within a generic policy-making cycle.
The policy-making cycle has the following stages (these make up the main stages of the NEAT tree):
From the 34 reviewed tools, a suite of nine tools was adapted to incorporate the principles of the Ecosystem Approach. These tools were:
This website provides an interactive portal for users to access the wide range of materials associated with the project.
|The Research Team|
|Alister Scott||Birmingham City University|
|Jonathan Baker||Collingwood Environmental Planning|
|Claudia Carter||Birmingham City University|
|Ron Corstanje, Jim Harris||Cranfield University|
|Mark Everard||Pundamilla Ltd|
|Paul Gibbs||David Jarvis Associates|
|Jayne Glass||University of the Highlands and Islands|
|Mike Grace, Tim Sunderland, Ruth Waters||Natural England|
|Michael Hardman||University of Salford|
|Oliver Hölzinger||Consultancy for Environmental Economics & Policy|
|Karen Leach||Localise West Midlands|
|Richard Wakeford||Rural Consultant|
|Sarah Buckmaster||Independent Communications Consultant|
|Charles Cowap||Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors|
|Ryan Glass||Big Toe Web Design|
|Nick Grayson||Birmingham City Council|
|Mike Kelly||Rural Planning Associates|
|Tim Pagella||Wales Environment Centre|
|Jonathan Porter||Ecosystems Knowledge Network|
|Dave Raffaelli||University of York|
|Mark Reed||Birmingham City University|
|Eleanor Rowe||Royal Town Planning Institute|
|Antony Taft||Birmingham City University|