UKCEH targets major global challenges in new strategy

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23 April 2020

The UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) has launched a new five-year research and innovation strategy, outlining its role in tackling the unprecedented global environmental challenges.

This is the organisation’s first strategy as an independent not-for-profit research institute after it became autonomous from NERC, and sets its future direction, explaining its role in creating and enhancing sustainable ecosystems, reducing and preventing pollution, and mitigating and building resilience to climate and environmental change.

Specifically, UKCEH will make a substantial contribution through focusing on research and innovation which tackles ten integrated issues:

  • Biodiversity
  • Chemical risks
  • Clean air
  • Climate and land
  • Ecosystem restoration and resilience
  • Flood and drought impacts
  • Net-zero greenhouse gas emissions
  • Soil health
  • Sustainable agriculture
  • Water quality and resources

The strategy explains how UKCEH’s world-leading long-term and large-scale monitoring, experimentation and modelling will help to provide the data and insights to inform decision-making by governments, NGOs, businesses and citizens, helping to halt and reverse environmental decline, both nationally and internationally.

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