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From Salt Marsh to Seals, how our Natural Capital can Enhance the Local Economy

June 26, 2017 |

This article was originally published on Humber Business

“Businesses have been urged to embrace the “natural capital” of northern Lincolnshire, after hearing how green shoots – and seals – can be a springboard for the wider economy. A long-awaited document from Humber Nature Partnership has provided a blueprint for environmental harmony, intertwining the Energy Estuary with the SSSI status.

It is a phenomenal stride from a decade ago, when former CBI chief Lord Digby Jones used the Immingham launch of a new roll-on roll-off outer harbour terminal from ABP and DFDS to bemoan the planning regime. Back then he stated how “business has to be sensitive to the environment, but we do need to make sure the prosperity of the nation is not put second to the yellow back toad”.

Now, just a few miles up river from the location of that speech back in 2006, and industries across many sectors are being urged to make the most of what is offered, with a 17-point vision of partnership activity for the river. From Goole to the far west with “opportunities for habitat creation and green infrastructure enhancement through the development of upper estuary flood defences to link the townscape back to the River Ouse frontage”, it stretches to Cleethorpes and Donna Nook to “develop the area for eco-tourism extending the seaside resort visitor offer through new visitor facilities and habitat creation and enhancement”….”

Read on at: Humber Business.

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