The starting point for the strategy is the evidence base.

This sets out the current understanding of:

  • The natural capital assets (terrestrial, coastal and marine) found within Sussex
  • The range of economic and social benefits provided by these assets and their associated ecosystem services
  • The extent, condition (where known) and distribution (or ‘spatial configuration’) of the natural assets and how this relates to the benefits derived from them. This information is compiled for each asset type and is presented as an ‘Asset Register’ for Sussex. With this information in place, the evidence base then provides an assessment of the level of risk to the assets and the flow of benefits from them.

This is presented as a ‘Risk Register’.

The assets included are: Terrestrial: Natural capital asset types Natural capital assets: sub-types Freshwater River Chalk stream Lake Reservoir Pond Grazing marsh Reedbed Fen Bog Spring Aquifer Heathland Heathland Sandstone Outcrops Grassland Lowland calcareous grassland Unimproved grassland Agricultural land Arable and Horticultural Improved grassland Hedgerows Woodland Ancient woodland Plantation on ancient woodland Deciduous non ancient woodland Coniferous non ancient woodland Coastal Natural capital asset types Natural capital assets: sub-types Coastal Sand dune Saltmarsh Vegetated Shingle Seacliffs Coastal lagoons Mudflats 10 Marine Natural capital asset types Natural capital assets: sub-types Marine Seabed habitats Marine Protected Areas Designated bathing waters Coastal and Estuarine water bodies (as identified and monitored under the Water Framework Directive) Designated shellfish waters

The full ‘Asset and Risk Register’ is currently being finalised