Evidence sought to make wetlands the number one solution

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT) is asking designers and managers of man-made wetlands to complete a short survey that will help gather evidence for natural solutions to become the number one option for water management.

The survey is available at www.wwt.org.uk/wetlandsurvey. It’s designed to capture the wider benefits of such schemes, such as increasing local wildlife and being a place for kids to play, of SuDS (sustainable drainage systems), constructed treatment wetlands, and natural flood and coastal management schemes. WWT aims to strengthen the case for natural solutions to water management by presenting their full value to society.

Those completing the survey will be able to get support and advice on how to maximise the value of their scheme for wildlife and local people.

WWT’s Dr Chloe Hardman is behind the initiative. She said:“Natural approaches to solving flooding and pollution problems, such as SuDS and leaky dams, are be-coming mainstream, but we haven’t quite reached the tipping point where they are considered in every case. When wetland areas are included in these schemes, there is huge potential to create havens for wild-life and, as a result, lovely natural spaces for people to enjoy. Essentially we’re trying to assess the true value of these schemes. Some will already be assessing these benefits, but many won’t. Engineers don’t necessarily get the brief from their clients to build in wildlife or community benefits. So, we’re also here to join up the dots and help these schemes reach their full potential.”

The schemes that WWT is looking at fall broadly into the categories: natural flood management (such as leaky dams), SuDS, constructed treatment wetlands (or other wetlands designed to improve water quali-ty), and managed coastal realignment. The survey is available at www.wwt.org.uk/wetlandsurvey and entries are added to an online map as they come in. Everyone who completes an entry will receive a summary of all the evidence gathered, along with case studies of the best examples. WWT will use the evidence to strengthen the case for natural solutions to water and waste problems at national and local government level.

Specifi Landscape event

Specifi Landscape is coming to Edinburgh on 29th March 2017 with a networking seminar featuring Gary Grant. Gary is an independent consultant ecologist with more than 35 years experience of urban nature conservation, environmental planning and ecological impact assessment in Europe, the Middle East and the Far East. His projects have included the London Olympic Park Biodiversity Action Plan, Education City in Qatar and the winning competition entry to convert a 24km long disused railway to a cycle path in Singapore. He has an interest in green infrastructure, especially green roofs, living walls and rain gardens.

For more information and to register: www.specifi.co.uk/events/landscape-edinburgh


City Neighbourhoods made by everyone for everyone

Glasgow Centre for Population Health Seminar:

Tuesday 17th January 2017
4.30 pm – 6.00 pm
Wheatley Academy
150 Ingram Street, Glasgow G1 1DW

Tessy Britton
Founder, Participatory City, London

In this talk Tessy Britton will describe the work of Participatory City - www.participatorycity.org She will share the research and analysis which has led to the development of a large scale Demonstration Neighbourhood in London. Participatory City is creating new structures designed to scale up practical participation, building collaborative activity into the fabric of everyday life and changing how we work together to achieve a more equal society.

Planning for Environment and Resource eFficiency in European Cities and Towns

PERFECT (Planning for Environment and Resource eFficiency in European Cities and Towns) is a new EU-funded project managed by the Town and Country Planning Association. The five year project, co-funded by INTERREG Europe, aims to maximise the multiple benefits of green infrastructure in planning for the future of urban and rural areas across Europe. Eight partner countries will share good practice and expertise through workshops, peer meetings and study tours, and produce Action Plans for improving policies to invest in green infrastructure. 

Guidance on economic valuation of GI

New guidance on how to use economic valuation for green infrastructure is now available from Natural England’s website. It is designed to help practitioners get the most out of valuation and to improve decision-making.  It assumes no prior knowledge of economics and covers ecosystem services, cost-benefit analysis and impact on economic growth. The article can be downloaded here.