25 Year Plan & North Devon Biosphere

Decision support for the 25 Year Environment Plan, the North Devon Biosphere and North Devon Pioneer

An inter-disciplinary team from the University of Exeter, Plymouth University and Plymouth Marine Laboratory, led by Dr Amy Binner, are helping a wide range of stakeholders to come together to acheive their aims for the North Devon Biosphere area.

Working with businesses, government and third sector organisations, the team will provide support, guidance and tools to help realise environmental improvements and economic and community benefits across this special region.

Our Partners

Working with a range of partners and stakeholders including Natural England, Forestry Commission, Defra, Environment Agency, JNCC, Ordnance Survey, RSPB, Carbon Fund and Moor Trees, the main areas of focus for this project:Working with a range of partners and stakeholders including Natural England, Forestry Commission, Defra, Environment Agency, JNCC, Ordnance Survey, RSPB, Carbon Fund and Moor Trees, the main areas of focus for this project:

  • boosting the woodland economy through the Woodland Enterprise Zone
  • future farm business models
  • post-Brexit Agri-Environmental Schemes
  • estuarine resilience.

Project Aims

The North Devon Biosphere Reserve has been designated by UNESCO’s Man and Biosphere Programme to inspire a positive future by connecting people and nature. This area also aligns with Defra’s Pioneer initiative (part of its 25 year Environmental Plan) to identify innovation and test natural capital approaches.

In the latter stages of the project a public-facing decision support tool will be developed, to enable engagement with, management of, and investment in North Devon’s natural capital. This will help businesses to better understand the opportunities for natural capital investments and enable a move towards natural capital led profits. This project is aligned with other SWEEP work focusing on the Marine Pioneer, and Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks.

25 year plan & N Devon Biosphere
Project Code: 005
Team:
Professor Ian J Bateman
SWEEP Director

Ian is the SWEEP Director and is therefore responsible for ensuring that the Partnership delivers major real-world improvements in the economy, communities and natural environment of the region. This is achieved through the variety of projects which SWEEP undertakes.

Dr Amy Binner
SWEEP Project Principal Investigator
Dr Katrina Davis
SWEEP Impact Fellow

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