Local Partnerships in Urban LandscapesWorking with local communities to enhance the value of natural capital in our towns, cities and other urban spaces to improve people’s lives, the environment & economic prosperity…
Latest News from Urban Catchment Partnerships
LAP Final Report Published by Defra
Local Action Project Final Report Published Publication now live on Defra website Defra’s Local Action Project aimed to work with local communities to enhance the value of natural capital in our towns, cities and other urban spaces to improve people’s lives, the...read more
Conference: Urban Environmental Benefits
Conference: Urban Environmental Benefits Catchment Based Approach | Local Action Project | WaterLIFE Birmingham - October 22nd 2015 On the 22nd October 2015, around 85 environmental practitioners, catchment partnership hosts, strategic planners and academics attended...read more
Exeter Urban Water Management Workshop
Exeter Urban Water Management Workshop Catchment Based Approach | Local Action Project | WaterLIFE March 11th 2016 Collaborative delivery of green infrastructure and water management solutions (e.g. SuDS) in the urban environment can realise multiple benefits...read more
Local Action Toolkit
Ecosystem services in urban water environments (Defra Project WT1580)
Defra’s Local Action Project has worked with local communities to enhance the value of natural capital in towns, cities and other urban spaces to improve people’s lives, the environment and economic prosperity.
The Project has assisted in meeting the requirements of Defra’s 25-Year Plan to help individuals and organisations understand the economic, social and cultural value of nature, the impact that their actions have on it, and to use this knowledge to make better decisions and facilitate the design of sustainable financing models.
The LAP has also provided research and development outputs that presents robust data, evidence and information on the benefits of green infrastructure and natural capital along with a method that helps communities build consensus, facilitate local decision-making and secure funding for natural capital improvements.
To help identify opportunity areas where targeted interventions could cost-effectively enhance the provision of ecosystem service benefits in urban areas
A list of interventions that practitioners wanting to improve their local environment can use to enhance ecosystem service provision in urban areas
To help practitioners determine the opportunities, costs, benefits and trade-offs associated with the delivery of different interventions in any given location
These communications & visualisation tools will include maps, audio/video, online materials and spatial decision-making tools/applications that support decision-making