An innovative project that will see researchers collaborate with diverse communities on issues in environmental science has been awarded £1·3 million through NERC's Engaging Environments programme. The award is NERC's largest single investment in public engagement, with project partners pledging a further £235,000 of in-kind contributions.
The Environment Agency (EA) has named the consultants it is to work with on delivering its £2.6bn capital investment plan.
Arup, Jacobs UK, Atkins and Jeremy Benn Associates have all won contracts aimed at “increasing efficiency, value for money and the green legacy” of the EA’s investment programme, which aims to protect 300,000 homes from coastal erosion and flooding up to 2021.
The contractors chosen were Bam Nuttal, VolkerStevin, Jackson Civil Engineering Group and Kier Integrated Services.
Catchment Partnership (CaBA) Development Officers
Salary band: £23,000 to £30,000
Flexible working potential
Full time – 35 hours a week fixed Term Contract although Part Time applicants will also be considered
The Rivers Trust and CaBA have built a tool to support the monitoring and evaluation requirements for the 60 DEFRA-funded NFM catchment and community projects. The website provides and introduction to the monitoring and evaluation requirements, and information on how to use the tool.
Farm soils in Wales have a richer variety and number of microbial species than in woodland, bogs and conservation land, new research has found.
The two-year study used advanced DNA techniques to identify the microscopic invertebrates, bacteria and fungi in soils that are essential to the survival of plants and animals and are also vital for food production.
The European Union has recognised sustainable urbanisation as a global challenge. EU research and innovation programmes are helping cities to become inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable in Europe and other cities worldwide.
The UNaLab team are guest editing a special issue of the Open Access journal Resources on the topic 'Nature-based Solutions for Urban Global Climate Adaptation'. They now invite papers that address one or more of the following issues:
i) multiple impacts, costs, (co-)benefits and economic viability of NBS across spatial, temporal and social scales;
A new generation of infrastructure projects that harness the power of nature can help achieve development goals, including water security and climate resilience, according to a new report from the World Bank and World Resources Institute. Both organizations are calling for green infrastructure, such as mangroves and wetlands, to play a bigger role in traditional infrastructure planning.
A pilot project aimed at removing floating pennywort from a section of the River Colne Valley, could go some way to helping water companies reduce the significant costs associated with tackling invasive non-native species, according to the Environment Agency (EA).
Part of a joint venture between the agency and charity Groundwork South, the plan has been designed to unite local groups and organisations to “restore and enhance” the mid to lower reaches of the River Colne Valley, which crosses parts of greater London and Buckinghamshire.