A cash boost to improve skills & capacity to reduce flood risk

Photo by ALTERED SNAPS Leaders of the West Yorkshire Flood Innovation Programme (WY FLIP) have successfully secured almost £300,000 to help make the region more resilient by boosting the skills and capacity of those who manage flood risk. They have been awarded £286,293 in levy funding from  Yorkshire Regional Flood and Coastal Committee  (YRFCC)  to … Read more

Hot Summer News

Welcome to the summer edition of our quarterly news bulletin. Five new projects have been approved by our Executive Management Group and we have included a brief introduction to what they set out to achieve. Plans are already underway for our exciting annual event to make sure we can bring you a wide range of top class speakers. … Read more

How to unlock green and place-based public investment with the help of HM Treasury’s Green Book and systems thinking in economics

by Professor Andrew Brown, Y-PERN Academic Director, UPEN Co-Chair and iCASP GBI Business case project lead University of Leeds How should government ensure ‘value for money’ of the public purse?  Recently Bec Riley and I ran a workshop on this question at the wonderful ‘Exploring Economics’ conference attended by nearly 400 civil servants. We discussed … Read more

Soil health expert Prof Pippa Chapman gives evidence in cross-cutting parliamentary inquiry

Soil scientist Professor Pippa Chapman at University of Leeds travelled to London with three other experts to give evidence in a cross-party parliamentary inquiry focused on soil health.   There have been several soil health inquires this year, Pippa attended the second session which focuses on agriculture. The soil health inquiry was heard by the Commons … Read more

World heritage wetland site threatened by strawberry farming

Sunset at Laguna Dulce by Jorge Monje Strawberry lovers might want to check the provenance of their fruit this summer following controversy about a new farming bill which could cause the devastation of an iconic Spanish wetland. Scientists from the University of Leeds and the Spanish National Research Council say urgent protection is needed for the fragile … Read more

Students from all over the world study the impact of research at Hardcastle Crags

International students gave glowing feedback following a visit to University of Leeds, which included a field trip the picturesque Hardcastle Crags to learn more about how the practical value research can have for communities. Two of our project support officers Emma Cowan and Farhana Naz, enjoyed helping host the visit to the National Trust site for a group of … Read more

Looking at how University of Leeds can become more resilient to climate change

Climate Change Resilience Officers Juliet de Little and Julie Mair, together with Facilities Directorate Architectural Technical Officer, Christopher Wade, feature in a new video explaining how the University of Leeds can identify and put in place measures to adapt to climate hazards threatening our core activities. Juliet and Julie are carrying out a risk assessment … Read more

On a fact-finding mission to Bulgaria to exchange ideas about peatland restoration – by Dr Joshua Cohen, Research Fellow, at University of Leeds

I had the privilege of being one of the representatives from Yorkshire Integrated Catchment Solutions Programme (iCASP) and University of Leeds who took part in the first WaterLANDS General Assembly which in was held in Sofia last month. This also involved a field trip to the Dragoman Marsh – the biggest natural karst wetland in Bulgaria. Our … Read more

Full of the joys of Spring iCASP News – 2023

Welcome to the spring edition of our quarterly news bulletin! Two of our top stories are about how excited we are to host the first ever Annual General Meeting for the West Yorkshire Flood Innovation Programme. Due to COVID restrictions our Board and Steering Group haven’t had the chance to meet in person before. We are also really … Read more