Mini projects

Not all of our projects take place over a long period of time, involve lots of partners or have multiple work packages; sometimes they are time critical and focused on one objective only. Our mini-projects are usually carried out over just a few days, typically address one specific question and can be the starting point or basis for other work (that may or may not be carried out by iCASP). These mini projects are summarised below and their outputs and impacts can be seen in the resources section once they are complete.


Water Efficiency standards briefing for Leeds City Council

Pressures on our water system continue to grow across the catchment. Combined with climate change impacts on future availability and supply, more housing development could mean more consumption and so increased pressure on existing water resources.

This project will help Leeds City Council’s efforts to encourage less treated-water usage in new residential development: in 2019 Leeds City Council will be revising its Core Strategy 2014 for future housing. It is timely to assess whether tighter water standards on residential developments is feasible and can be incorporated into the strategy.

Academics at Leeds and Sheffield will be consulted to distil the latest evidence on water availability and usage into an accessible policy brief to support Leeds City Council in setting a reasonable water efficiency standard for new homes.The evidence will be equally applicable to other local authorities in the region as they update policies too.

Outputs: you can freely download the Water Efficiency Policy Brief from the resources section of the website


River Aire Plastics Capture

iCASP will carry out a review of the current literature to identify existing methods for capturing macro plastics to contribute to a proposed future project to reduce the macro plastic waste in the River Aire.

Macro plastics, such as bottles, traffic cones and plastic bags are not only unsightly and detract from the social and economic value of the local environment, but they can also trap and harm wildlife and as they degrade over time will eventually become micro-plastics small enough to be ingested by invertebrates and so enter the food chain.

This mini-project will provide background knowledge for a proposed partnership project that the University of Leeds Sustainability Team, Canal and Rivers Trust, Yorkshire Water and Aire Rivers Trust are developing. Better understanding of existing methods of plastic capture will allow an assessment of whether existing science can meet the challenge and if so how it can be scaled up and applied more widely.

Outputs: will be available from the resources section of the website when they have been completed


Supporting the North York Moors Peat Pilot

iCASP are supporting Natural England with the North York Moors Peat PilotiCASP will draw on experience and expertise in this field, in particular the development of iCASP’s User Guide for Valuing the Benefits of Peatland Restoration and the associated DigiBog_Hydro model.

The pilot will evidence and evaluate how effective different potential forms of habitat restoration, modification and management might be in creating resilient peatland habitats in the face of increasing climate stress. The potential public benefits and ecosystem services will be considered against the extent and condition of the peatland, the different types of habitat restoration and their feasibility.

iCASP have provided academic time to review and inform the direction of the scope of the work and will continue to provide advice to Natural England as the pilot is developed and delivered.

This work will feed in to Defra’s England Peat Strategy due to be published in the future.

Outputs: will be available from the resources section of the website when they have been completed

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