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  • Whose water is it?

    Inspired by the hot dry weather over the summer of 2022, John Powell has written a new blog considering the topical issue of water now that the inevitable rain has arrived.

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    Whose water is it?

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Current research projects

  • Flourishing Floodplains: Regenerative Farming

    Flourishing Floodplains: Regenerative Farming

    The Severn Vale is one of the largest floodplains in England, providing a great opportunity for large-scale nature recovery, with associated ecosystem service provision (including flood regulation, carbon sequestration, nutrient regulation). The Vale currently supports a range of high nature value farming but has still seen significant reductions in the quality and extent of natural habitats over the last ~80 years, largely due to the intensification of (mostly pastoral) farming.  The Severn Vale presents some particular challenges to farming, notably fluvial flooding; Severn winter floods are frequent and cover large areas. Climate change and upstream land-use may cause these to…

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  • RUSTIK – Rural Sustainability Transitions through Integration of Knowledge for improved policy processes

    RUSTIK – Rural Sustainability Transitions through Integration of Knowledge for improved policy processes

    Professor Janet Dwyer and Dr Bryonny Goodwin-Hawkins secured funding from Horizon Europe for a four-year collaborative project aimed at improving knowledge exchange between rural businesses and communities across Europe. The work will complement CCRI’s already strong research role in the National Innovation Centre for Rural Enterprise (NICRE) in England.  The team is looking at how businesses and communities can innovate, exploring new approaches to sourcing and analysing rural information and data, with a view to aiding planning, while considering the opportunities and challenges of climate change, demographic shifts and digitalisation.  Janet Dwyer, Professor of Rural Policy, said: “We are delighted…

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  • Evaluating the contribution of Fisheries Management Plans Toward Ocean Sustainability

    Evaluating the contribution of Fisheries Management Plans Toward Ocean Sustainability

    The Fisheries Act 2020 sets out the framework for ensuring the sustainable stewardship of marine resources in UK fishing waters. The Act recognises the need to look beyond top-down command and control approaches to managing complex and diverse fisheries, and this will be achieved by the co-development of Fisheries Management Plans (FMPs) with fisheries stakeholders. Each FMP will focus on one or more stocks, will be applicable to different geographical areas and will place binding obligations on the relevant national fishing authorities.  This project will involve an independent, process, impact and value for money evaluation of the FMP programme and…

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