SWEEP is the result of 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.

Through SWEEP, an holistic, systems-based approach has been implemented, primarily across the South West region of the UK; Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. This approach was adopted across a wide range of Natural Capital sectors and environments.

Image: Illustrative Science 2022

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

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