The QuickScan summarises how much ecosystem services a particular area delivers (in biophysical units) and what values are associated with it (in monetary terms). The QuickScan was initially developed to make the impact of scenarios - that were calculated with the ECOPLAN-SE (Scenario Evaluator) – insightful and comparable (e.g. results per unit area). In order to assess whether an area delivers little or plenty of certain services, is it is also useful to be able to compare to other areas. The spatially explicit map layers of ES-supply and ES-demand for the Flemish region were summarized and expressed as a total delivery per area and per surface unit (both in biophysical units as in monetary values) for a set of commonly used delineations. The results for a particular area can easily be compared to other areas that the user can select, for example municipalities, provinces, river basins, catchments,... The spatial explicit data layers behind the QuickScan have been calculated with the ECOPLAN-SE and reflect the current supply and demand for ES in Flanders. The monetary valuation that was used, corresponds to the methods of the Nature Value Explorer (www.natuurwaardeverkenner.be). The Quick scan is essential to frame the delivery of certain services in relation to the demand for these services. Many services are after all associated with environmental pressures such as air pollution, noise, eutrophication, urbanization ... By incorporating this "demand" on area level we can express both the quantity and the quality of services provided.
Aim of the resource:
<p>The tool aims to make results of the ECOPLAN-SE (or other spatial explicit raster data) insightful at the level of a project area. The quantification of ES by itself provides litlte information on the performance of an area under investigation. When compared to a potential supply and/or demand this "performance" becomes tangible. The absolute amount of "ecosystem services" supplied is not always the most important, the extent to which there is a healthy balance with demand and potentials.</p> <p>>By expressing ES relative to the potential supply we filter out the effects of some abiotic variables (e.g. soil texture).</p> <p>>By expressing ES relative to pressures (e.g. air pollution, population density), we filter out the demand side.</p> <p>In addition, it is possible to compare the results for a site (project area) with the results for municipalities, provinces, river basins, catchments,... The QuickScan results provide an ideal starting point for a discussion on supply and demand of ecosystem services in a given area. This information can be used as input for (participatory) vision building and scenario development. In addition, different scenarios of an area can be compared with each other.</p>