SWEEP Expo: Natural Capital in the South West

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SWEEP Expo: Natural Capital in the South West

About this Event

Date: Tuesday 20 October - Thursday 22 October 2020

Location: Online Event (via Zoom)


SWEEP Expo is a three day series of events for all those with an interest in the natural environment, and how it can be protected and enhanced whilst also producing gains for business, government and society.

Over the three days, attendees can select from a range of themed sessions focusing on Natural Capital approaches for marine, land, coastal change and whole-catchment settings.

We will be sharing the results and successes of SWEEP to date, as well as giving the opportunity to input into future activity, through a series of presentations, workshops and demonstrations from the SWEEP team and our partners.



Session 1 - What is the Natural Capital Approach? (09:00 - 11:00)

Session Chair - Ian Bateman

  • Welcome from Ian Bateman (SWEEP), Lisa Roberts (Vice Chancellor, University of Exeter)
  • Opening Keynote from Tony Juniper - Net zero and nature recovery: two sides of the same coin
  • The SWEEP Approach (Speaker: Martin Attrill, SWEEP)
  • The Pennon Group approach to Natural Capital thinking and delivery (Speakers: David Smith, South West Water and Dan Ulanowsky, Pennon Group)
  • Keynote - The use of Natural Capital thinking for businesses, policy and social gains (Speaker: Dieter Helm)
  • Panel session: ‘Everything you ever wanted to know about Natural Capital but were afraid to ask.’ (Panellists include: Ian Bateman (SWEEP), Mel Austen (SWEEP), Sian Rees (SWEEP), Emily McKenzie (HMT), Bruce Howard (Ecosystems Knowledge Network), Alastair Johnson (Defra))

Session 2 - Marine Natural Capital approach (11:30 - 13:30)

Session Chairs - Mel Austen

  • Introduction and welcome (Speaker: Mel Austen, SWEEP)
  • Creating an Asset and Risk Register to deliver a Natural Capital approach (Speaker: Sian Rees, SWEEP)
  • Applying the Natural Capital approach to Sustainability Appraisal (Speaker: Tara Hooper, SWEEP)
  • The North Devon Marine Pioneer: Applying these approaches in practice - lessons learnt and how they will be applied (Speaker: Aisling Lannin, Marine Management Organisation)
  • Panel session: Reflections from the Pioneer Steering Group (Panellists: Roger Covey (Natural England), Andrew Austen (Devon County Council); Sarah Young (WWF-UK); Andy Bell (North Devon Biosphere); Sofiya Stoyanova (Defra); Chrissie Ingle (North Devon Council); Aisling Lannin (Marine Management Organisation); Elizabeth West (Devon and Severn Inshore Fisheries & Conservation Authority)
  • Final Q&A

Session 3 - SWEEP Natural Capital approaches and tools (14:30 - 17:15)

Session Chairs - Diana Tingley

  • Natural Environment Valuation Online (NEVO) Demonstration (Speakers: Brett Day, SWEEP / Nathan Owen, SWEEP)
  • Demonstration of an innovative Natural Capital Information Hub (Speakers: Jonathan Mosedale, SWEEP / Stephen Lowe, Tevi, UoE / Edvard Glucksman, Tevi, UoE)
  • Natural Capital Accounting in practice – examples with South-West National Parks & South West Water (Speakers: Michela Faccioli, SWEEP / Clare Reid, Exmoor & Dartmoor National Park Authorities)
  • Local-scale wave forecasting: The next generation of coastal applications (Speakers: Gerd Masselink, SWEEP / Tim Poate, SWEEP / Kit Stokes, SWEEP)

Followed by break out rooms for individual sessions to allow for further Q&A.


Session 1 - Catchment management scale approaches (10:00 - 13:00)

Session Chair: Ross Brown

  • Online catchment interventions recording and reporting tool using ArcGIS Online (Speakers: Donna Carless, SWEEP / Ben Jackson, SWEEP / Mandy Robinson, SWEEP)
  • Integrating landscape-scale Surface Water Management in the South West (Speakers: James Webber, SWEEP / Johnathan Hubbard, Pell Frischmann)
  • Exploring future scenarios for land use and water quality within South West catchments including:

Followed by break out rooms for individual sessions to allow for further Q&A.

Session 2 - Land management scale approaches (13:30 - 16:45)

Session Chair: James Webber

  • Exploring business-led solutions to the pollinator decline problem (Speakers: Grace Twiston-Davies, SWEEP / Hugh St Aubyn, Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty / Alasdair Moore , Lost Gardens of Heligan)
  • Quantitative Habitat Mapping – integrating remote-sensing methods for mapping the extent of woodland, moorlands and key habitats (Speakers: Dave Luscombe, SWEEP / Naomi Gatis, SWEEP / Donna Carless, SWEEP)
  • Policy uses of Lagas.co.uk – exemplar of collaboration with Cornwall Council and AONB to deliver a natural capital approach’(Speakers: Jonathan Mosedale, SWEEP / Philippa Hoskin, Cornwall Council / Emma Browning, Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty)-
  • How can we deliver 'Environmental Net Gain' in practice – in both the terrestrial and marine sectors? Exploring knowledge gaps, social preference trade-offs and delivery mechanisms. (Speakers: Michela Faccioli, SWEEP / Diana Tingley, SWEEP / Tara Hooper, SWEEP).

Followed by break out rooms for individual sessions to allow for further Q&A.


Session 1 - Use of Coastal Change Management Areas (CCMAs) to build coastal resilience to sea-level rise through adaption (09:00 - 12:00)

Session Chair: Gerd Masselink

  • Introduction (Speakers: Gerd Masselink, SWEEP / Steve Double, MP of St Austell and Newquay)
  • National overview (Speaker: Josie-Alice Kirby, SWEEP)
  • CCMA methodology (Speakers: Tim Poate, SWEEP / Kit Stokes, SWEEP)
  • CCMA implementation (Speakers: Ian Rowland, Torridge District Council / Matthew Dickins, East Devon District Council)
  • Breakout sessions

Session 2 - Natural Capital for a Green Recovery (13:00 - 15:45)

Session Chair: Harry Barton

  • Closing Keynote - Building a Green Recovery in the South West (Speaker: Luke Pollard, Plymouth MP, Defra Shadow Secretary)
  • Perspectives from Wildlife Trusts on the importance of a Green Recovery(Speaker: Harry Barton, Devon Wildlife Trust)
  • Sustainable Finance – What is sustainable finance today and how is it evolving (Speakers: Paul Edwards, NatWest / Rishi Madlani, NatWest / Ian Burrow, NatWest)
  • How to develop an investable business case around a natural capital proposition – pilot work for the Government’s new natural environment Investment Readiness Fund (Speaker: Dan Hird, Tridos Bank)
  • Health inequalities and green recovery post-Covid (Speakers: Ben Wheeler, SWEEP / Sian de Bell, SWEEP / Professor Rich Mitchell, The University of Glasgow / Kirstie Pritchard, Devon County Council, Becca Lovell , University of Exeter Medical School)
  • Expo reflections (Speaker: Ian Bateman, SWEEP)

Session 3 - Workshop: Developing business cases to support investment in nature for environmental, health and economic benefits (16:00 - 17:00)

Facilitated by: Grace Twiston-Davies (SWEEP), Andrew Edward-Jones (SWEEP), Elizabeth Gabe-Thomas (Plymouth Marine Laboratory)

  • The workshop will explore the types and formats of outputs that provide the most effective business case for decision-making on investments that enhance links between business opportunities, health and green and blue spaces.


Please register for the sessions you wish to attend by using the ‘register’ link on this page.

The deadline for registrations is Wednesday 7 October.

If you have any questions regarding the event please contact: events@sweep.ac.uk.


Funded by NERC, the South West Partnership for Environment and Economic Prosperity (SWEEP) is a 5-year collaboration between the Universities of Exeter, Plymouth and Plymouth Marine Laboratory with a large group of highly-engaged businesses, policy makers, NGOs, environmental charities and community partners.

We work together to champion the inclusion of the natural environment at the heart of economic and policy decision-making, and support the region’s decision-makers adopt a Natural Capital approach through the development of bespoke guidance, modelling and mapping tools.

SWEEP is facilitating changes to our partners’ decision-making culture and capabilities, contributing to the improvement of policies and management plans, and influencing significant regional investments for the good of both the environment and the economy.

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