A Natural Capital Plan for the Marine Pioneer

Piloting the development of the first Marine Natural Capital Plan in England
In 2016 Defra created four Pioneer projects, working in different local contexts to improve the natural environment and to inform the development and implementation of the Government’s 25 Year Environment Plan (25YEP).

Each Pioneer has developed a set of objectives that respond to the four ‘Defra Asks’:

  1. Test new tools and methods as part of applying a Natural Capital approach in practice
  2. Demonstrate a joined-up, integrated approach to planning and delivery
  3. Pioneer and ‘scale-up’ the use of new funding opportunities
  4. Grow our understanding of ‘what works’, sharing lessons and best practice.

SWEEP led two Marine Pioneer Demonstration Projects, the development of a natural capital decision support tool with values and risk register, and, the development of a geodatabase.

In this follow-on phase SWEEP will be working with the North Devon Biosphere Reserve to pilot the development of the first Marine Natural Capital Plan in England.

The aim of the plan is to provide the decision support to:

  • enhance North Devon’s natural environment for future generations
  • engage decision makers and stakeholders across North Devon
  • contribute to an investment plan to inform how resources are allocated, ensuring natural assets and services are secured for people into the future, and
  • enable integration of planning, delivery and investment across land and sea in North Devon, providing a model for other coastal and marine areas.
Professor Melanie Austen
SWEEP Marine Co-Lead
Matthew Ashley
Professor Martin Attrill
SWEEP Marine Co-Lead

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.

Dr Tara Hooper
SWEEP Project Principal Investigator
Tom Mullier
Dr Sian Rees
SWEEP Co-Investigator and Senior Impact Fellow

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.

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