Policy briefs

Our topical Policy Briefs bring together the ecological evidence on key policy topics in a clear, digestible form.

Andrew Miller MP introduces "The impact of extreme events on freshwater ecosystems"
Andrew Miller MP introduces "The impact of extreme events on freshwater ecosystems"

In 2016 we will be starting a new series of briefs on emerging issues including rewilding and upland management.

For more information on a topic, to speak to relevant experts or to suggest a future topic, contact Ben Connor, Policy Manager.

Ecology matters

An introduction to ecology for policymakers

June 2015

(1 MB pdf)

Why does ecology matter? Ecology matters gives a short introduction to the science of ecology, the impact of ecological research, and what we can offer policymakers.

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The impact of extreme events on freshwater ecosystems

Executive summary

June 2013

(930 KB pdf)

This policy brief summarises the Ecological Issues report, and considers the ecological impacts of extreme weather events, especially flooding, and the potential for natural flood management approaches to deliver benefits for both people and biodiversity.

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The impact of extreme events on freshwater ecosystems

Full report

June 2013

(7 MB pdf)

This comprehensive Ecological Issues report considers the ecological impacts of extreme weather events, especially flooding, and the potential for natural flood management approaches to deliver benefits for both people and biodiversity.

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The impact of extreme events on freshwater ecosystems

Scottish policy brief

June 2013

(1 MB pdf)

This policy brief considers the ecological impacts of extreme weather events, especially flooding, and the potential for natural flood management approaches to deliver benefits for both people and biodiversity.

This version of the brief includes Scottish case studies.

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