EEP – Ecobank
The aim of the Ecosystem Enterprise Partnership – Ecobank(EEP-Ecobank) is to work with land managers, industry, conservation managers and communities to allow the potential growth of Pembrokeshire’s economy while improving the environment of the Milford Haven and Cleddau catchment.
There is a growing concern over the loss of biodiversity in Pembrokeshire with the majority of Pembrokeshire Marine SAC features in unfavourable conservation status and nutrient loading into the Milford Haven identified as a key priority action. The waterway is considered as being “full” with no headroom in the Milford Haven catchment, this presents a potential barrier to development and therefore any future schemes requiring a permit to discharge into the catchment will require some form of offsetting scheme.
The EEP-Ecobank has emerged in response to growing recognition of the need to create a new, innovative and collaborative approach to how we manage our natural resources. The project aim was to carry out a feasibility study testing the validity of a market-based offsetting scheme that provides a streamlined, consistent and robust nutrient assessment process.
This website provides full access to the feasibility study conducted in 2015 and a background to Payment for Ecosystem Services, alongside the Building Resilence Into Catchments (BRICs) development plan.