Protecting and enhancing our Natural Capital is key to our work, and is of increasing interest to the government, business and community organisations too. SWEEP shares knowledge and expertise across a wide range of projects and initiatives with similar goals to maximise resources and learning.
Woodland Valuation Tool
The Woodland Valuation Tool (WVT) was developed by SWEEP researchers at the University of Exeter as part of the Scoping study on valuing the social and environmental benefits of trees and woodlands in England, Scotland and Wales, funded by the Forestry Commission. The tool enables those involved in forestry management to search for, and cross-reference methods and scenarios associated with different trees and woodland to test out their potential benefits and pitfalls at the planning stage.
UK Farmer Group Discussion Network
Co-funded by WWF, South West Water and Southern Water, the UK Farmer Group Discussion Network is linked to the farming futures strand of work within SWEEP Impact Project 005 (25 Year Plan & North Devon Biosphere). The network will coordinate with existing farming groups to facilitate discussion around a wide range of issues concerning farming today. The learning from those local and regional events will be shared with other groups, government, businesses and related organisations to add new weight and perspectives to the mix.
Industrial Innovation Fellowship
Dr Anne Leonard, from the University of Exeter Medical School, has been awarded a NERC National Productivity Investment Fund Industrial Innovation Fellowship for her work looking at catchment-scale processes contributing to transmission of antibiotic resistance in bathing waters. Supported by SWEEP, Anne will be working closely with South West Water and our Impact Projects looking at water quality and whole-catchment solutions. More information.
Predicting Future Risks of Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)
A group of interdisciplinary scientists who were granted a European Maritime and Fisheries Fund award for their studies looking at mitigating the risks associated with harmful algae have linked up with SWEEP. Researchers at the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory are working to extend the modelling approach to identify what causes the formation of HABs. The research will feed into SWEEP’s marine planning projects, those looking at water quality, and the NEVO valuation tool.