Thriving Coasts and Estuaries
Our coast and estuaries have long been associated with livelihoods and economic activity. However, these coastlines have become economically and ecological degraded. This “concept” sets out to utilise nature recovery, driving livelihood creation and environmental benefits to reinvigorate these communities.
Activities such as salt marsh restoration, mari – culture development (seaweed and mussel production), sustainable fishing initiatives and support for ecotourism initiatives will provide a range of benefits. These include sequestering carbon, recovering fish stocks, providing coastal flood protection and improving the visitor economy through place making, clearer bathing water and greater wildlife.
The following references were drawn on in the development of this investable concept:
Hooper, T., Ashley, M., Mullier, T. and Rees, S. 2020. North Devon Marine Natural Capital Plan. Sustainability Assessment. February 2020. Report prepared for the North Devon Biosphere Reserve as part of the South West Partnership for the Environment and Economic Prosperity (SWEEP) and the Marine Pioneer programme.
Rees, S.E., Ashley, M., Cameron, A. 2019. North Devon Marine Pioneer 2: A Natural Capital Asset and Risk Register. A SWEEP/WWF-UK report by research staff the Marine Institute at the University of Plymouth.