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Tag: Policy appraisal

Evidence review for ECHA public consultation on lead in shots, for Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust, July, 2016

ECHA, upon the request of the European Commission (EC), have been asked to prepare an Annex XV restriction dossier on the use of lead in shots in wetlands. As part of this process, they have held a public consultation whereby information and evidence will be gathered from relevant stakeholders for the preparation of the restriction dossier. eftec has provided support to Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust (WWT) in compiling their official response to this consultation, including a rapid evidence review and monetisation of specific human health and environmental impacts of lead shots. This information will be used by ECHA to assess the risks to human health and the environment associated with the use of lead shots over wetlands.

Assessment of the Third Party Demonstration and Research Marine Protected Areas, September 2014 – early 2015

This project aims to provide a full assessment two proposed Demonstration and Research (D&R) Marine Protected Areas (MPAs).  This will be completed through an assessment of the MPA Guidelines, and a socioeconomic assessment of the possible impacts of the designations, if they go ahead.  eftec will lead the analysis on the socioeconomic impacts, ABPmer (project lead) will lead the assessment of the two proposed sites based on the MPA Guidelines, and cefas will lead the assessment of the ecological impacts. The impacts that will be assessed include economic impacts (costs and benefits), social impacts (costs and benefits), costs to the public sector, and environmental impacts; knowledge gaps will also be identified.

Thames Tideway Tunnel Benefits Update – response to peer review, for Defra, June 2015 – July 2015

The aim of this project was to respond to comments arising from an external peer review of the final report submitted for project 388 – Thames Tideway Tunnel Benefits Update, by Paul Metcalfe. The updated document includes more explicit discussion of decisions behind taking a conservative approach, and an additional annex detailing sensitivity testing providing a clearer and more detailed quantitative account of the conservative assumptions applied in the analysis. This annex underpins revisions in the concluding section of the report so that readers can follow more readily the various comparisons that are made (2007 analysis vs. 2014 analysis; and alternative assumptions in the 2014 analysis).

Development of an Inventory of Ecosystem Services in Namibia for the Ministry of Environment and Tourism of Namibia and GIZ (the German Development Agency), July 2015

The objective of the project was to develop an inventory of ecosystem services in Namibia and map out their services in a manner that can assist with mainstreaming this information into policy making for public, corporate and private decisions. The inventory also shows priorities for restoration and a strategy for primary research to collate evidence on the costs and benefits of the baseline and improved conditions of ecosystems. Ece Ozdemiroglu (eftec) peer reviewed the inventory and economic research strategy. 

French Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, October 2013 – March 2014

The objective of this study by ACTeon (France), with eftec and CEOCEAN (France) is to assess, for each French Marine Sub-Region, the social, economic and environmental impacts of the measures that have been proposed to achieve good ecological status as required under the MSFD, and thereby help to prioritise the proposed measures and to select those that could be integrated in the future MSFD programmes of measures.

Natural England, September 2013 - January 2014

The Environmental Conservation Industry (ECI) is facing increasingly significant challenges in relation to skills, brought about by developments in environmental evidence and policy, and by the need for economic growth and change as skills gaps emerge. In order for the ECI to be able to supply the skills that will be demanded of it going forward, a scoping study has been commissioned. In order to develop targeted, measurable interventions that can be aligned to priority skills needs it will be necessary to build on the existing research to identify the research options and methodologies and to articulate the scale, impact and hence priority of the current gaps for the ECI. It is essential that evidence is gathered on the scale and scope of future ECI skills needs. It is aimed that the outcome of this scoping study results in a full scale report in 2014.

RSPB Scotland, August 2013 – February 2014

This project, led by ABPmer, conducts an options appraisal (OA) for a potential managed realignment on the inner Firth of Forth, at Inch of Ferryton, Clackmannanshire. This report aims to help the RSPB, along with land managers, Clackmannanshire Council, Scottish Natural Heritage and the Scottish Environment Agency, to investigate various options and potential benefits of future management options at this 160 hectare site. Costing and valuation work (i.e. for assets at risk and existing agricultural practices) feed into a cost-benefit analysis, and are also used to consider how the (English Environment Agency's) Flood and Coastal Erosion Rish Management (FCERM) benefits assessment methodology could be applied.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), August 2013 - November 2013

The team was based around two experienced secondees into the NCC Secretariat in Defra, and developed the evidence base on the State of Natural Capital in the UK. The work established a basic structure for: how to measure and report on selected elements of natural capital; which data sources support the reporting of metrics and where there are data gaps; potential threats and risks to natural capital; and rates, capacity and costs for the restoration of assets.

Pavel Kindlmann – Wild Europe, July 2013 – November 2013

Sumava National Park in the Czech Republic is under threat from a proposed government bill which intends to fragment the protected area of the park. An assessment is required of economic benefit potential arising from nature tourism and ecosystem services related to non-intervention areas in the park. This argues against the idea that reducing park protections is the only economically feasible outcome.

Environment Agency, April - June 2013

This project provided Environment Agency with an assessment of the robustness of cost information and assessment of benefits included in water companies’ options appraisals for a secure supply and protected environment within the draft water resources management plans (dWRMP). This information was then used by the Environment Agency to challenge the options selected or endorse the quality of the analysis.

Marine Management Authority, April 2013– September 2013

This project, led by ABPmer, identifies and reviews potential tools for the MMO to use in determining whether it should promote the co-location of activities at sea. eftec’s role was to review economic tools to evaluate environmental impacts, including tools used to value impacts, appraise options, and assess tradeoffs.

WWF UK, April 2013 - June 2013

Through this project eftec and ICS consulting were contracted to provide advice to WWF on interpretation of environmental economics evidence in order to set the charging level and design the structure of OFWAT’s proposed abstraction incentive mechanism.

The  Crown Estate, March 2013 - August 2013

This study first provides a qualitative outline of the key SD issues associated with submarine telecoms cables based on consideration of life-cycle impacts, identifying their key positive and negative economic, social and environmental impacts. A list of measurement criteria, which can be used to measure sustainability for the submarine cables sector, was identified and examined for relevance through research and consultation with industry professionals. The resulting recommendations on measurement criteria application included a collation of existing literature and studies, and the identification of limitations and assumptions. In the final stages of this study, a template matrix/framework which can be used to identify the sustainability of individual projects was developed and opportunities for how the sustainability of projects and the sector can be improved are discussed.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), March 2013 - June 2013

This project was a continuation of 263 and extended the methodology and examples set out there to other pollutants and impacts. eftec’s role was to provide economic valuation advice to CEH who lead the project. Valuation of impacts from ozone and nitrogen oxides was undertaken using available scientific and economic evidence with more in-depth uncertainty and scenario analysis.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), February 2013 – June 2014

The objective of the project is to enhance the evidence base informing marine policy decisions relating to measures under the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) that will manage benthic (seabed) habitats in UK waters and to develop economic evidence on the value of changes to provisioning, regulating and cultural services resulting from achieving MSFD targets. The project involves a combination of a scientific review and modelling to identify and quantify the marginal changes in ecosystem service provision due to policy changes and economic valuation.

Scottish Government, February 2013 - July 2013

The aim of this project is to generate evidence on the potential economic costs and benefits and social impacts (defined as distributional impacts) of designating the individual Nature Conservation MPA site proposals, and of designating the proposed suite of Nature Conservation MPAs as a whole. eftec is responsible for leading on the quantification of social impacts (based on analysis of distributional impacts), quantification of ecosystem services benefits (where possible) and for compiling information of costs and benefits in a format suitable for incorporation within an impact assessment. The output of this project is a final report detailing the evidence found.

Environment Agency, January 2013 - March 2013

The purpose of this project is to develop a practical framework for valuing improvements in groundwater quality and quantity. It builds on and is integrated with other appraisal tools and guidance being developed by the Environment Agency to assess the environmental, social and other impacts associated with schemes to improve the water environment. The ecosystem services framework is used as a means of systematically identifying and assessing these impacts. The tool consists of a User Manual and a valuation spreadsheet, allowing non-economists from across the Environment Agency to apply robust economic appraisal to a wide range of groundwater schemes. The tools are illustrated through their application to a number of case studies, which highlight the range of issues and challenges around groundwater across the country.

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), December 2012 – October 2013

The project develops meaningful evidence on the extent, quality and impact of uptake of sustainable development and environmental appraisal guidance across Government impact assessments and business cases. It also gains evidence on the barriers to further progress, how to build future capacity, and how to monitor progress, to ensure government appraisal is robust in accounting for environmental, social and economic impacts.

Environment Agency for England and Wales, December 2012 - February 2013

The project aims to design and undertake an evaluation of the 13 projects (implementing Water Framework Directive and reducing flood risks) that form this pilot programme, assigning an economic as well as qualitative value to the ecological, social and economic impact of each project in the short, medium and long term. The output of this project is a final report presenting the results of the evaluation of these 13 projects.

Environment Agency for England and Wales, November 2012 - March 2013

The project provides technical briefing in relation to required economic analysis for water companies statutory Water Resource Management Plans (WRMPs).