Dr Amy Binner, together with a team of experts and researchers from the University of Exeter Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute, are working with Defra to produce an easy to use online system for supporting and improving decisions regarding the use of, and investments, in the natural environment.
The development of this new Natural Environment Valuation Online tool – NEVO – will directly support Defra’s future strategy by providing a tool to properly value the environment.
Acting on advice from their Natural Capital Committee, Defra’s new 25 Year Environment Plan will address the urgent need to stem the ongoing decline in the country’s natural capital. It aims to reverse natural capital decline, improve resource resilience and increase economic prosperity and wellbeing.
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.
Lorena is a postdoctoral researcher working on hydrological and water quality modelling at the watershed scale. Her expertise involves rainfall-runoff modelling, trend analysis of weather data, evaluation of the impacts of climate change on water resources. She worked as postdoctoral researcher at the University of Enna Kore (Italy) from 2012 to 2016 and she started working at the University of Exeter in 2017.
Greg is an environmental economist specialising in payments for ecosystem services, individual decision making, non-market valuation, and experimental and behavioural economics. He has worked on Defra funded projects investigating paying for environmental goods and services; including the Fowey River Improvement Auction and scoping the potential for auctions within the new Countryside Stewardship scheme, and is now working on the SWEEP Natural Environment Valuation Online (NEVO) tool.