Sussex Nature Partnership is currently working with partners across East Sussex, Kent and Essex on a project funded by the South East Local Enterprise Partnership (SE LEP) Sector Support Fund.
Its aims is to understand the ‘supply and demand’ of nature-based solutions across the SELEP geography and to provide resources to accelerate this as a means of not only enhancing natural capital but also delivering clean growth, jobs and skills across the nature-based sectors.
The focus of the project is on carbon sequestration, where there is significant demand but fragmented supply. However, outputs will also be relevant to the delivery of other nature-based solutions, for example biodiversity net gain for new development.
The project will run until end April 2022.
- Provide an understanding of the demand for nature-based projects from local authority climate emergency plans and the local businesses seeking to invest in local carbon offsetting.
- Assess the ‘readiness’ of nature-based organisations to develop and deliver nature-based projects for carbon sequestration and identify gaps in skills, knowledge and capacity that stand in their way.
- Produce resources to support the development and delivery of a coherent nature-based carbon sequestration offer.
- Develop demonstration projects to showcase innovation and good practice.
- Create the framework for a SELEP-wide ‘brokerage hub’ that can bring together ‘buyers’ and ‘sellers’ to co-develop nature-based carbon sequestration projects.
The project is being delivered by: East Sussex County Council, Kent Wildlife Trust, Sussex Nature Partnership, University of Brighton Clean Growth Hub
Project steering group members include: East Sussex County Council, Essex County Council, Kent County Council, Kent Nature Partnership, South Downs National Park Authority, Forestry Commission (SE), Environment Agency, Woodland Trust, Southern Water,
For more information about the project contact SxNP Secretariat.
Project outputs will be published here once complete.