Delivering Natural Capital Assessment Tools for the Marine Economy in the South West

Developing tools and approaches to assess marine natural capital in the South West
This project follows on from SWEEP’s contribution to the North Devon Marine Pioneer, and offers the opportunity to test SWEEP approaches in other marine applications across the South West.


The SWEEP work in the North Devon Marine Pioneer (April 2017-April 2019) laid important foundations which the team are looking to develop and explore further. This project brings together a series of follow-on initiatives that will see the learning gained so far developed further and provides opportunities to test our SWEEP approaches in other marine applications in the South West.

Some examples of the successes from the original project that will be explored include:

  • developing strong stakeholder and partner relationships
  • collating and presenting baseline data through the development of a geodatabase and a natural capital asset and risk register
  • scoping frameworks, tools and management mechanisms, particularly related to sustainability appraisal and sustainable finance.

The overarching aim of follow on work is to develop natural capital assessment tools and approaches (including financing and the design of incentives) for integrated decision‐making and environmental progress assessments. This will support DEFRA’s Marine Pioneer programme and its 25 Year Environment Plan, and the wider requirements of statutory nature conservation bodies, regulators and local authorities.


A Natural Capital Plan for the Marine Pioneer

Piloting the development of the first Marine Natural Capital Plan in England.


(Site Classification to Inform Sustainable Lives and Livelihoods for Fisheries and Ecosystems)

Research to ensure the Isles of Scilly has healthy seas.

Applying a Natural Capital Approach to Sustainability Appraisal

Understanding how natural capital approaches fit with existing regulations and practice.

Key Performance Indicators for Marine Environmental Growth

Supporting Cornwall Council to develop meaningful marine-focused targets.

Sustainable Seafood

Investigating the value of labelling schemes to small-scale fish and shellfish businesses.

Sustainable Recreation Futures

Understanding the outdoor recreational benefits in Plymouth.

Project News

Have your say on North Devon’s Marine Natural Capital Plan

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SWEEP scientist selected to join NERC Advisory Network

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Project Events

Natural Capital Investment Conference

This innovative environmental finance conference is leading the movement to make the UK a leader in investment in the natural…

Marine Planning South West: Policy Development (Totnes)

The Marine Management Organisation (MMO) is holding three marine planning workshops in the south west, you have selected the one in Totnes on Wednesday 6th February…

Marine Social Science Research and Practice in the UK – Cardiff

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