About SWEEP

SWEEP was a collaboration between three research institutions – the University of Exeter, the University of Plymouth and Plymouth Marine Laboratory – working together with a large group (300+) of highly engaged business, policy and community partners.

Funded by Natural Environment Research Council’s Regional Impact from Science of the Environment (RISE) programme during 2017-2023.

SWEEP has transformed environment-led decision making in the South West region and beyond. Supporting decision-makers adopt a Natural Capital Approach to investments and policy through the development of bespoke guidance, decision support and mapping tools. Ultimately enabling a more resilient and enhanced natural environment, producing gains for business, government, and society.

SWEEP implemented a holistic, systems-based approach, primarily across the South West region of the UK. This approach was adopted across a wide range of natural capital sectors and environments.