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£24.3 million to boost UK environmental resilience and decision making - UK Research & Innovation

New place-based research projects to enhance resilience, wellbeing and sustainability across the UK and boost understanding of UK coastal communities.

The £14.8 million Resilient Coastal Communities and Seas Programme will take a transdisciplinary approach to understanding and boosting the resilience of coastal communities in all four nations of the UK. The programme is funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).

Simultaneously, the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) is also investing £9.5 million in five projects that will research place-based approaches to an environmentally sustainable future, providing evidence to support local and national decision making.

Collaboration and partnership

Defra’s Chief Scientific Advisor Professor Gideon Henderson said: “I am delighted that Defra, through our Natural Capital and Ecosystem Assessment programme, is contributing to the new UKRI programme on Resilient Coastal Communities and Seas. This is a timely and critical research area requiring transdisciplinary work to understand the links between the coastal environments, economies and societies. Working with coastal communities, the programme will help provide clean, healthy and protected seas while supporting coastal livelihoods. This programme is another great example of close coworking between Defra and UKRI, and builds on our strengthening collaboration and partnership, harnessing the UK’s world-leading research expertise to address the environmental challenges we face.”


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Posted On: 08/07/2024

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