Placing nature at the heart of sustainability and well-being
Working with governments, business & society
The natural environment provides a range of benefits which can be easily impacted by human activities. JNCC works with governments, business and society to ensure better consideration and management of these benefits and to support sustainability.
UK imports have an impact on the natural environment within the countries of origin, which can affect the intrinsic benefits the environment provides and undermine the long-term sustainability of supply chains. JNCC has been looking at how these impacts can be assessed and mitigated, to help establish more sustainable supplies of goods.
The UK is a significant contributor to overseas development. If the investment is to be sustainable in the longer term, it is critical to ensure that the benefits provided by the environment, such as protection from natural disasters, are valued and managed. JNCC supports application of evidence to provide advice around this.
The UK offshore supports a range of industries including oil / gas extraction and the generation of wind energy. These operations pose risks to the natural environment which need to be managed. JNCC has extensive experience of working with industry and governments providing evidence and advice to manage and mitigate the impacts.
The oceans have an important role to play in helping reduce the overall scale of climate change through locking away carbon and mitigating impacts such as helping protect from storms. JNCC advises on how to assess these benefits and apply available evidence to improve how the environment can be managed to enhance them.
How land is used and managed has a significant impact on the biodiversity it supports, and this can impact other users and sectors which rely on the benefits. JNCC uses available evidence to relate land use to biodiversity and the benefits it provides, and advises on how the impacts of management regimes could affect this.
This issue features the JNCC and Marine Scotland Science offshore survey to West Shetland Shelf Marine Protected Area, Volunteer Seabirds at Sea mentor training and our first Science and Networking Day.
A Natural Capital Approach to Landscape Planning: a Pilot Project in Colchagua Valley, Chile
JNCC teamed up with Chilean colleagues at the Programa Vino, Cambio Climático y Biodiversidad (Wine, Climate Change and Biodiversity Programme) - a scientific initiative of the Institute of Ecology and Biodiversity and the University Austral of Chile.