Making Environmental Decisions Better

RPA has substantial experience in environmental policy, with hundreds of projects having been conducted across a plethora of environmental policy fields. RPA’s environmental work puts them at the forefront of four policy areas – flooding and erosion, water and natural capital, marine and fisheries, and environmental economics.

Our work focuses on supporting decision-makers at local, national and international level make evidence-based policy decisions, through evaluation, analysis, appraisal, impact assessment, as well as through mixed methods approaches to data collection using both primary (engagement) and secondary (existing data) sources.

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Water & Natural Capital

Water management is defined to a large degree by Directives such as the Water Framework Directive (WFD) and the Floods Directive, and the implementation of UK legislation including the Flood and Water Management Act 2010.

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Marine & Fisheries

The marine environment is subject to a variety of threats, including loss or degradation of biodiversity and changes in its structure, loss of habitats, contamination by dangerous substances and nutrients, and the possible future effects of climate change.

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Flooding & Erosion

Being at risk of flooding or erosion has impacts not just on individuals’ lives but on whole communities.

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Environmental Economics

Environmental economics is a branch of economics that focuses on how our actions impact our natural environment.

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