North Devon Marine Pioneer

Natural Capital Assessment Tools for the North Devon Marine Pioneer (Phase 1)

The North Devon Marine Pioneer project was initiated in 2016 by Defra ‘to ensure Britain has one of the best environments anywhere’. It aims to explore how a specific geographical area can be best managed for the benefit of the environment, economy and people.

Our Partners

Working closely with partners, stakeholders and end-users such as Defra, Marine Management Organisation, Natural England, WWF, Devon and Severn Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority, Devon Local Nature Partnership and the North Devon Biosphere Reserve, SWEEP will develop natural capital assessment tools and approaches to support the management of the Marine Pioneer.

Phase 1

The interdisciplinary project team delivering this work is jointly led by Prof. Martin Attrill from Plymouth University’s Marine Institute and Prof. Mel Austen from Plymouth Marine Laboratory’s Sea and Society Group.  Phase 1 of the project will run until August 2018, and aims to develop natural capital assessment tools and approaches for integrated decision-making.

Outputs of this work will:
  • embed natural capital approaches into marine policy
  • ensure that managers and decision-makers are able to take a strategic approach that safeguards ecosystem services and maximise the benefits they provide across multiple sectors (including fisheries, aquaculture, renewable energy and tourism)
  • showcase North Devon as a pioneer in natural capital approaches, fostering a sense of local pride and belonging.

Crucially, this work also provides a unique opportunity to link with the activities of the North Devon Landscape Pioneer.

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Project Code: 002/012
Team:
Professor Martin Attrill
SWEEP Marine Co-Lead

Martin is a Marine Ecologist interested in the links between marine biodiversity, ecosystem services and human activity. Within SWEEP, he coordinates the University of Plymouth input, as well as being actively involved in projects associated with Marine Ecosystem Services, particularly Marine Protected Areas.

Professor Melanie Austen
SWEEP Marine Co-Lead
Dr Amy Binner
SWEEP Project Principal Investigator
Dr Caroline Hattam
SWEEP Impact Fellow Lead
Dr Tara Hooper
SWEEP Project Principal Investigator
Dr Sian Rees
SWEEP Impact Fellow

Siân is a Senior Research Fellow based at Plymouth University’s Marine Institute who brings over 14 years of experience in marine conservation, marine management and policy to the SWEEP team. Siân has a strong track record in utilising social science research methods to inform ecosystem-based management and the implementation of Natural Capital approaches. Siân has worked in an advisory capacity for UK Government, the European Commission and the Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity.

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Phase 1 Completion

Phase 1 of the project will run until August 2018, and aims to develop natural capital assessment tools and approaches for integrated decision-making.

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