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RPA has recently completed an independent evaluation of the Sciencewise programme for 2012-2015 on behalf of Ricardo-AEA. The Sciencewise programme is funded by Business, Innovation and Skill (BIS) and run in partnership with Ricardo-AEA, Involve and the British Science Association.

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RPA, in conjunction with Natural England, undertook a study to determine the opportunities and threats to the local economy as a result of its environmental dependencies. The work identified key opportunities for and threats to the economic plans of the New Anglia LEP which stem from the economy’s dependence on the environment. Such opportunities and threats may be significant, but have previously been given insufficient consideration in economic development planning, partly because the complexity of the evidence base makes them hard to assess. This report is based on the thorough and systematic process defined by the LEED toolkit. It draws on economic and environmental expertise and data, as well as the experience of key partners in the local area. The toolkit was developed by Natural England and is available to other LEPs.

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A study that aims to evaluate the impact of REACH on the operational conditions and structure of chemical and downstream industries has been launched by the European Commission's industry directorate, DG Growth.
An extensive survey has been launched to provide information for the study, which is being jointly prepared by the Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services (CSES), Risk & Policy Analysts and Ökopol. The project's aim, says the survey, is to “remedy any weaknesses identified during the study with a view to minimising possible adverse effects of the REACH implementation and to maximise the impacts of specific REACH mechanisms which improve conditions for businesses.”

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