I have worked personally on ecosystem services (and predecessor concepts) since the late 1980s, in research, international development and also developed world policy contexts. The identification and integration of health-relevant, ecosystem service-mediated implications is a key strength I can bring to the programme (and on which I have published with colleagues). I have also work on VNN (Valuing Nature Network) projects, and in a former role on the 2011 Natural Environment White Paper and the Defra PES programme, so the broader UK context including valuation is something in which I have experience. As part of a team at the University of the West of England (UWE), I also work with colleagues specialising in public health, flooding and droughts, air quality and water resources. My role on the Ramsar Convention STRP (Scientific and Technical Review Panel) reflects my expertise and networks with respect to the role of wetlands in multiple dimensions of human wellbeing, including physical and mental health. Colleagues with whom I work also and would bring into a consortium work on UN Habitats projects on wetlands and water cities and global cities, and also on disaster resilience in which ecosystems play key roles.
Dr Mark Everard
University of the West of England
Bristol (university) and Wiltshire (home)
Arts & Humanities
Natural hazards & extreme weather events
Pathogens & natural aquatic toxins
Health and wellbeing