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.
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.
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.
Flooding & Erosion
Being at risk of flooding or erosion has impacts not just on individuals’ lives but on whole communities.
Natural England risk register
Status - Ongoing
RPA’s Environment and Society team is working with Natural England and Natural Capital Solutions to produce the risk register annex for a report on the state of natural capital, compiling risks to the relationships between natural capital assets (e.g. woodlands) and the ecosystem services they provide.Learn More
Industrial Decarbonisation Cluster Plan: Economic Impact Analysis
Status - Completed
RPA worked with lead consultant Cambridge Econometrics to carry out an economic impact analysis for the Tees Valley Combined Authority (TVCA).Learn More
Water Footprints and the Value of Water: New Concepts for Sustainable Water Utilities and Communities REF: 777
Status - Completed
This study was led by MWH (US) for the US Water Research Foundation to review use of water footprinting and the value of water.Learn More
International approaches to Japanese knotweed in the context of property sales REF:1071
Status - Completed
Japanese knotweed (Reynoutria japonica) is recognised as one of the most pernicious invasive weeds in Europe and worldwide. The UK has legislation surrounding Japanese knotweed; however, the impacts for property sales mainly stem from lenders classing properties with Japanese knotweed 7m or closer as being ‘at risk’, as per the existing RICS framework. Furthermore, there are indications that the general public perceives Japanese knotweed to be a greater risk to property than some evidence suggests, with potential impacts for property valuations and sales. Other countries may have less stringent legislation and guidance than the UK regarding Japanese knotweed. Whilst it is treated as an invasive weed, the majority of removal projects aim to reduce the environmental impacts. The Parliamentary Science and Technology Committee held a one-off oral evidence session in early 2019 to explore the science behind the effects of Japanese knotweed on the built environment. The report produced following the session included several recommendations, one of which was a desk-based research study to review international approaches to Japanese knotweed in the context of property sales.Learn More
Heritage Action Zone Initiative Review REF:1047
Status - Ongoing
Study assessing the achievements of the Heritage Action Zone (HAZ) programme in England. Through the HAZ programme, Historic England works with local people and partners, including local authorities, to help breathe new life into specific places that are rich in heritage. The study assesses the achievements of the programme to date, identifying benefits, risks, issues and lessons that could be applied for future rounds.Learn More
Evaluation of the inshore fisheries and conservation authorities REF: 1035
Status - CompletedLearn More
Final report: North Norfolk Coastal Change Pathfinder Programme: Wolferton Creek to South Hunstanton
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Further evaluation of partnership fundingDownload
A survey of freshwater angling in England and associated economic activity and value – Phase 2
A survey of freshwater angling in England and associated economic activity and value – Phase 1
Guidance for Biodiversity Duty Reporting
Integrated planning and natural capital economic appraisal methodology report
RPA is now 100% employee owned
We are very pleased to announce - We are now 100% employee owned!!Learn More
Evaluation of the Covid-19 Rapid Response Grant Programme
Key points considered within the study included the grant’s impact on retention of jobs, creation of new employment, increased profits, links with local communities, and increased awareness of locally caught seafood. The Fishmongers’ Company has published the report highlights in their article ‘Making a difference when the world changed – how our Covid-19 Rapid Response Grants landed in the seafood community’ with links to the final report and executive summary developed by RPA.Learn More
Sky Ocean Rescue and WWF – UK’s Value of Restored UK Seas report now
Sky Ocean Rescue and WWF-UK held a launch event for the Value of Restored UK Seas report on the 14th of January 2021, based upon a report delivered to the clients by RPA.Learn More