Integrated Ecosystem and Natural Capital Mapping
In response to the 25 Year Environment Plan for a Nature Recovery Network that is to be represented spatially and the drive toward a Natural Capital approach, the National Planning Policy Framework seeking to achieve Environmental Net Gains, plus the review of a new Environmental Land Management Scheme (ELMS), the Gloucestershire Local Nature Partnership (GLNP), the Environment Agency and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, among other partners, have collaborated to develop an Integrated Environmental Mapping Tool (IEMT). With an initial pilot to be undertaken in Gloucester City and its surrounds.
Using examples in development elsewhere, including Stoke-on-Trent, the IEMT aims to draw together evidence on environmental constraints across the county of Gloucestershire along with the opportunities to align with, and ultimately underpin, delivery of local economic growth.
The tool will be piloted in Gloucester City and its surrounds (to be defined), initially combining three key elements of an environmental baseline and align these with local Strategic Growth plans:
Water Framework Directive status
Combined flood risk (fluvial and surface water), and
Nature Recovery Network (NRN)
This approach seeks to move away from merely mitigating the environmental impacts of growth by combining mitigation and betterment outcomes and proactively utilising the growth opportunities to make the existing situation better for people, places and the environment. It will support a much-needed expansion from site-based considerations to a more strategic approach at a catchment and/or landscape scale. The tool can be embedded as part of a wider strategy which can be adopted by partners thereby giving weight to the tool in terms of informing policy development and procedural processes.
As a result, the IEMT would seek to provide a strategic framework for delivery of growth across Gloucestershire that both utilises and enhances the county’s natural assets as an integral part of the growth programme.
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