Facing up to Change

Working on a landscape-scale brings fresh challenges and opportunities for delivering for wildlife. To maximise benefits from our actions, the NIA will take an inclusive, transparent, scientifically robust and evidence-based approach.

The NIA is using comprehensive GIS mapping tools to audit and map existing biodiversity in the Greater Thames Marshes looking at designated sites, distribution of priority habitats and species and mapping these against existing and potential management activity for conservation (e.g. Environmental Stewardship, managed realignment sites, Biodiversity Opportunity Areas).

We have identified and mapped the environmental, societal and economic pressures that are considered by partners and stakeholders to impact on the current and future ecological functionality of the NIA, looking at issues such as climate change and sea level rise, homes, jobs and tourism and recreation (a more detailed assessment of climate impacts is available in the “focus on… climate change” section of this website.

Read more about our approach to habitat connectivity hereThis poster outlines the evidence base and decision tree framework used to support monitoring and evaluation of the NIA’s contribution to a coherent and resilient ecological network in the Greater Thames Marshes.