Sustainable Development Goal 15 of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development commits us to “protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss”.
Leadership of local authorities through planning, land use policy and other work is increasingly being recognized as fundamental to biodiversity conservation, climate action and sustainability. Planning needs to play a central role. We can help you fulfil your regulatory duties and explore opportunities.
Catherine Smith has worked in the land-use/spatial planning specialising in conservation science for over 15 years. She understands how planning works and the policy documents which need to be in place to meet Local Planning Authorities requirements. Maf Smith has climate, sustainable development and renewable energy expertise to help you effectively plan how to integrate climate concerns into your work.
Authorities and public bodies are looking carefully at how to address their impacts and respond to the climate emergency. Public bodies have clear roles in sustainable development, but it is often unclear how best to factor in and manage direct and indirect climate impacts?
Our expertise in energy, sustainable development and environment is here to help you respond proactively and confidently to this climate emergency
Environmental Policy Documentation
Sustainability is a process of making decisions which balance economic, social and environmental factors for positive benefit. We are adept at working with LPAs, helping them to fulfil their requirements to produce important policy documents.
Our experience covers Strategic environmental assessments (SEA), Sustainability Appraisals (SA) and Habitat Regulation Assessments.
Biodiversity Conservation Regulation
How protected area designations and protected species regulation are applied in practice will have a major impact on th effectiveness of local action to improve conservation on the ground.
Our practical widespread experience means we can help you chart a path from policy document preparation to on the ground implmentation at different local scales.
Effective biodiversity conservation means taking a multi-disciplinary approach. Active stakeholder involvement at every stage of conflict identification and management can deliver widespread benefits and increase conservation outcomes.
We have experience of stakeholder engagement, including approaches such as stakeholder dialogue and education, improvement of political and legislative frameworks, and planning infrastructure.