Cornwall Council launched its pioneering Environmental Growth Strategy in 2016, and SWEEP has been working with the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Nature Partnership to develop Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) to monitor changes in the state of the environment and also how people interact with and value it.
SWEEP’s Mainstreaming Environmental Growth project has been developing indicators appropriate on land, and now the SWEEP marine team is looking at KPIs for Cornwall’s seas. As ever, the marine environment presents a particular challenge: the KPIs need to be repeatable and based on publicly available information that will continue to be collected into the future, but there is a shortage of such information for marine areas.
The project will develop a headline KPI on marine management for the first monitoring report (expected late 2019), as well as investigating additional indicators for estuarine health, public engagement and marine biodiversity, which will be included in future iterations. The work will have a particular focus on the role of citizen science in marine environmental monitoring. The use of marine environmental KPIs in other contexts such as the work of other south west Local Nature Partnerships and for marine protected areas will also be explored.
Martin is a Marine Ecologist interested in the links between marine biodiversity, ecosystem services and human activity. Within SWEEP, he coordinates the University of Plymouth input, as well as being actively involved in projects associated with Marine Ecosystem Services, particularly Marine Protected Areas.
Siân is a Senior Research Fellow based at the University of Plymouth’s Marine Institute who brings over 14 years of experience in marine conservation, marine management and policy to the SWEEP team. Siân has a strong track record in utilising social science research methods to inform ecosystem-based management and the implementation of Natural Capital approaches. Siân has worked in an advisory capacity for UK Government, the European Commission and the Secretariat for the Convention on Biological Diversity.