An international firm has undertaken a mapping project in partnership with an English university to maximise land use at Barry Buddon.
The Natural Capital Mapping Project (NCMP) has been launched by Landmarc Support Services in partnership with the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute, Smiths Gore and SKM Enviros.
The aim is to develop a tool enabling intelligent land and environmental resource planning to maximise land use across the Ministry of Defence’s training estate.
The project is the first of its kind and Barry Buddon, along with Dartmoor, are to be used as pilots.
Natural capital is becoming an increasingly important commercial opportunity, Mat Roberts, head of sustainability at Landmarc said: “Adding natural capital mapping to our broad range of expertise allows us to not only deliver industry leading services for our client, but also add to the wider benefits of integrating sustainability into business.”
Nigel Hayward, senior manager at the Defence Infrastructure Organisation’s Operations Training Estate said: “As a major public land owner, we always look to ensure our management of the Training Estate fully reflects the Government’s policy commitments for sustainable development.
“Landmarc’s initiative to undertake this project will give us a greater understanding of the wider environmental and social value of the estate and will help inform future tactical and strategic planning decisions.”
Head of research at Smiths Gore, Dr Jason Beedell, added: “The MoD’s land is an important national asset, not just for military training but for biodiversity too. This industry-leading project will provide the MoD with a unique tool for looking at the natural capital on the estate - wildlife, water, carbon and renewable energy. It can be used to protect or offset the land from any activities carried out on it, which puts the MoD in the lead in thinking about natural capital.”