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Peripheral Vision: Reimagining Regional Policy for a Greener Union

Wednesday 16 December 2020

Organised by Britain's Leading Edge and the Environment and Sustainability Institute.
Chaired by Jonathan Werran from Localis, Stuart Dawley and Gail Mulvey talked about regional development for the periphery, Ian Bateman and Jennifer Geroni outlined the concept of natural capital and how it can be used to reframe the potential for regional development, Arianna Giovannini and Mark Sandford considered the link to the ongoing debate about devolution, and Jessie Hamshar and Jason Torrance applied the conference themes to developments in local government and policy/ practice.

(Video above) Session I: Peripheral Development
Dr Stuart Dawley, Newcastle University
Dr Gail Mulvey, University of Cumbria

Click here to see Session II: Natural Capital
Professor Ian Bateman, University of Exeter
Dr Jennifer Geroni, Environment Platform Wales

Click here to see Session III: Governance and policy responses
Dr Arianna Giovannini, De Montfort University
Dr Mark Sandford, Senior Researcher, House of Commons

Click here to see Session IV: Britain’s Leading Edge
Jessie Hamshar, Director of Strategy and Engagement, Cornwall Council
Jason Torrance, Policy Director, UK100 / Countryside Climate Network


Information Exchange: How can we create a wilder Cornwall?

An ESI event with Cornwall Wildlife Trust.

Thursday 3 December 2020

Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Chief Executive and key Managers would like to share information about the work they are doing to reverse the decline of nature, to tackle climate change and to inspire people to take action for nature in Cornwall. They’d like to hear your ideas on how your research and studies could help too. Join this interactive session to explore how academia and the voluntary sector can collaborate with others to create a wilder Cornwall.


Natural Capitals on the Duchy of Cornwall farms

An opportunity to discuss how we can collaborate to co-design a science-based research and monitoring programme

Thursday 22 October 2020

The Duchy of Cornwall’s Natural Capital Project has at its core the ambition to cherish, protect and enhance the environment for future generations.

Across its 130,000 acres of upland and lowland farmland and forests the Duchy is establishing a database that will provide a unique baseline assessment of seven key natural capital elements, namely soils, water and air quality, biodiversity, historic interest, recreation and access and landscape.

Based on these assessments, integrated farm plans will be drawn up to not only safeguard existing features but also to provide ambitious enhancements on each farm and at scale across the estate as a whole.

The Duchy of Cornwall is establishing several demonstration farms (called Focus Farms) where it can develop its more detailed understanding, not only of the costs and benefits (monetary and non-monetary) of the ecosystem services of this work but also where research can be pioneered and developed to help inform its future assessments.

To this end, the Duchy wishes to collaborate with Exeter University to explore a science-led programme for the monitoring of its natural capital assets. It is hoped that this work will provide opportunities for research students to collaborate to develop a multi-disciplinary programme which establishes high quality and cutting-edge methods of natural capital assessment and monitoring.


Lagas: An Environmental Intelligence Platform for Cornwall

4th June 2020

Lagas is the environmental intelligence platform developed though Tevi to explore Cornwall’s natural environment. The aim of this event is to explore the potential applications for Lagas from the academic community, focused on the ESI, and to demonstrate the functionality of the platform as a key tool for the effective communication of environmental data.