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Green care for mental health – new report on best practices in social prescribing

Copyright: Natural England/Robin Chittenden We all know that spending time in nature is good for our minds and our bodies. There is now a plethora of research on the links between natural environments and human health (Defra recently published an evidence statement providing a broad overview of the of research). However, are we

By | March 31st, 2017|Categories: External reports|Tags: , , , , |

Valuing the nature of the Somerset Levels and Moors for the future

The Somerset Levels and Moors are the UK’s largest wetland area at over 650 km2. They are known globally for their iconic pastoral farming landscape, spectacular birdlife and significant archaeological remains. Such characteristics make the area an attractive place to live, work and bring up children. Draining the landscape, losing the soil The low-lying of

By | March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Science|Tags: , , |

The future of environmental policy after Brexit – Summary report now available

Ece Ozdemiroglu, founding member of the UKNEE and NCI Steering Group member, addresses attendees at the event To uphold the proud tradition of evidence based policy in the UK is a challenge. And we will be stronger if we provide policy options, not only evidence; if we cooperate and if we speak out.

By | March 9th, 2017|Categories: NCI event|Tags: , |

The future of UK environmental policy outside the EU

Dr Jonathan Carruthers, Science Policy Officer at the Royal Society of Biology, describes a recent meeting NCI organised in collaboration with the UK Network of Environmental Economists (UKNEE). Joan Walley, Chair of the Aldersgate Group, welcomed attendees at Charles Darwin House last Tuesday     The environment was seldom discussed in the run-up

By | February 15th, 2017|Categories: NCI event|Tags: , , |

Natural Capital Committee launches 4th report

The fourth report of the Natural Capital Committee (NCC) was launched at Defra headquarters in Nobel House on Wednesday night. Daija Angeli attended on behalf of NCI. The Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs was busy, Dieter Helm said, with “this little thing called Brexit”. Andrea Leadsom voted to pass the Brexit

By | February 10th, 2017|Categories: External reports|Tags: , , , , |

Driving nature up the agenda – New briefing note on sticking points and how to overcome them

Researchers at the University of East Anglia, Exeter University and James Hutton Institute have published a briefing note identifying a set of 'sticking points' that they believe inhibit the consideration of the natural environment in decision-making. The UK is seen as world-leading in synthesising our understanding of the pressures on, and benefits to business and

By | January 18th, 2017|Categories: External reports, Science|Tags: , , |