Funded by Natural Environment Research Council’s Regional Impact from Science of the Environment programme for 5 years, SWEEP will bring academic experts, businesses and policy makers together to solve some of the challenges involved in managing, utilising and improving the natural environment.
Safeguarding natural capital to increase resilience
Working closely with our partners in industry and the community, SWEEP will co-develop bespoke tools, models and applications to protect and preserve our natural capital. These tools will help mitigate the destructive impact of natural hazards, such as inland flooding and coastal storms, on regional economic growth and wellbeing.
Integrated policymaking for natural capital-led growth
SWEEP will work with policymakers at a regional and national level to support, inform and enhance decision making by providing a complete evidence picture. In doing this, SWEEP has the opportunity to transform the nature of environmental policymaking, delivering interventions that maximise benefits and returns on public investment.
Boosting the business sector: New markets for natural capital
Opportunities for business to connect with, and invest in, natural capital improvements abound in the South West. SWEEP will help businesses to find practical ways to work alongside environmental schemes to boost their business – and the local economy.
Restoring natural capital for economic and social benefit
SWEEP believe that particularly here in the South West, social well-being is intrinsically linked to economic well-being. Our food and water, how we spend our leisure time, and the health of habitats and native species all depend on the quality and longevity of our natural assets. Along with our partners, we will identify new and different ways of working that will reduce negative impacts on the environment and in turn, our well-being.
Adding value: Mainstreaming natural capital into private and public sector decision making
SWEEP will bring together, and add value to, all previous Impact Themes by embedding natural capital decision-making tools within regional businesses and government. By opening up access to tools, data and expertise, SWEEP hope to enable local government organisations to deliver maximum impact from their policy and projects.
Together with our partners in industry and the community, SWEEP will develop bespoke tools and solutions that will aid decision-making, and support the management of our natural environment. SWEEP will drive sustainable economic growth, create new products and services, safeguard jobs, generate new employment, improve policies, and enhance the health and wellbeing of people living in the South West.
The SWEEP academic team combines diverse expertise in environmental science, environmental economics and engineering with great enthusiasm for achieving impact from research. We believe that working collaboratively, across conventional boundaries like sector, produces more meaningful results. We understand that some of the greatest environmental challenges we face can only be tackled by bringing people together.