Pioneering the Natural Capital Approach
Exemplar for nature-based decision making
Innovative technology and co-created tools
Tackling the pollinator decline
Image credit: Daphne Wong 
Taking a whole-systems approach
Image credit: Nick Russill – Unsplash
Strengthening policy, practice and investment in nature for human health and wellbeing
Pioneering Marine Natural Capital approaches
Image credit: Cat Wilding – Marine Biological Association
Protecting the South West through coastal hazard forecasting
Image credit: Lloyd Russell 

The South West Partnership for Environmental and Economic Prosperity (SWEEP) was a highly successful and impactful research-focused partnership, between 2017-2023. SWEEP applied environmental research to bring natural capital into the heart of decision making, to benefit the environment, society and economy: an exemplar of best practice in the South West of the UK.

The climate and biodiversity crises, combined with the need to address social inequality, mean we have to grasp and embrace new, integrated ways of working that enable a more resilient and enhanced natural environment, producing gains for business, government and society.

SWEEP has delivered a proven approach showing how strategic funding of such integrated actions can unlock the value of research to society, at scale.

Ian Bateman, SWEEP Director

SWEEP in numbers

159
Tools & services
created
325
Goverment, business & civil society
partners
2,464
People trained
in the use of SWEEP tools
304
km2 Seabed
protected
3,626
km2 Natural space
designed for health and wellbeing
84
km2 pollinator
habitat created
£115M
Partner investments
influenced
£25M
Cost savings
to business & public purse
£78M
Funding
leveraged
£35M
GVA
from funding leveraged (to 2028)
327
Jobs
supported by funding leveraged (to 2028)
38
Policies, legislation & regulations
influenced or informed

SWEEP delivered benefits across the South West, to the rest of the UK and beyond, paving the way to unlock the value of environmental research to society, at scale.


Impact map

Featured SWEEP tools