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Experts Secure £5 million Grant to Protect & Enhance South West England’s Natural Capital

December 14, 2016 |


This article was originally published on Plymouth University

“A partnership of three research institutions, including the University of Plymouth, has secured a £5 million award to help protect the beautiful natural resources and the jobs dependent on them in the South West.

Experts from Plymouth, working with scientists at the University of Exeter and Plymouth Marine Laboratory, will work with businesses, policy makers and other organisations in the region to help them enhance their activities and decisions by applying the latest technological advances, scientific research and understanding of the environment.

Funded by the Natural Environment Research Council, each institution will lead one of three major components, focusing on terrestrial systems, coastal environments, and the oceans – with Plymouth leading the coastal work and coordinating with PML on the marine side.

Many businesses in the South West are reliant on the natural resources of the area and assets, including land, air, fresh water and seas, to be successful. More than half of all jobs in the South West are directly dependent on this ‘natural capital’, and the region is more dependent on farming and tourism for employment than any other in the country. But the area is vulnerable to natural hazards such as extreme weather, flooding, and pollution…”

Read on at: Plymouth University.

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