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Ythan Estuary, Sands of Forvie and Meikle Loch (extension) Special Protection Area: BRIA

Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment (BRIA) of classifying the Ythan Estuary, Sands of Forvie and Meikle Loch (extension) Special Protection Area.

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Ythan Estuary, Sands of Forvie and Meikle Loch (extension) Special Protection Area: BRIA
Appendix A - Ecosystem Services Benefits, Ythan Estuary SPA (marine extension)

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Appendix A - Ecosystem Services Benefits, Ythan Estuary SPA (marine extension)

Summary of Ecosystem Services Benefits arising from Classification of the Site as an SPA
Services Relevance to Site Baseline Level Estimated Impacts of Classification Value Weighting Scale of Benefits Confidence
Lower Intermediate Upper
Fish for human consumption Moderate, benthic habitats contribute to the food web Stocks not at MSY Nil Low, small increase in fish stocks possible Low Minimal - Low Moderate
Fish for non-human consumption Stocks reduced from potential maximum
Gas and climate regulation Minimal, in coastal areas Minimal Nil Low Nil High
Non-use value of natural environment Moderate, bird species, and contribution of the site to MPA network Non-use value of the site may decline Minimal Low, maintain features of site Low - Moderate, protection of features of site from decline, and/or allowing some recovery, but some of site already protected Moderate, range of features contributes to maintaining biodiversity, and have non-use value (Jacobs et al. 2004). Low - Moderate Moderate, responses of features to management measures, and value to society, uncertain
Recreation Moderate - High, wildlife tourism and recreation at site (Jacobs et al. 2004). Recreation value of the site may decline Minimal, protection of features of site Low - Moderate, protection of features of site that contribute to recreation, possibly allowing some recovery Moderate, recreation and tourism support jobs, but substitutes are available. Low - Moderate. Moderate, significance of change from management measures uncertain.
Research and Education Moderate, features have research value, but there are substitutes Value of site may decline Minimal Low, protection maintains future research opportunities. Classification may play role in communicating management needs. Low, for individual features. Moderate for opportunity to understand response of range of features to management. Low Low – Moderate, extent to which research uses site in future uncertain.
Total value of changes in ecosystem services Minimal for lower scenario, Low for intermediate scenario, Moderate for upper scenario, mainly based on non-use values (Jacobs et al. 2004) Low - Moderate Low

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