The University of Plymouth is to play a significant role in a new £1.37million project to promote green growth and investment in North Devon.
The North Devon UNESCO Biosphere has won the largest green economy award nationally from the Government’s Community Renewal Fund (CRF).
It will enable a new programme of work to create great jobs for local people in northern Devon at the same time as addressing the climate and ecological emergency.
The North Devon programme has two linked elements – the Green Biosphere, focused on woodland, regenerative agriculture and agri-tech; and the Blue Biosphere, focused on offshore wind, aquaculture. marine biodiversity and ‘blue carbon’.
The University – through its Marine Institute and Sustainable Earth Institute – will contribute to both elements, and they have a strong focus on skills development and job creation as well as plans to redirect private investment into the area.