Update on NERC strategic programme area
16 October 2019
In February 2019, NERC announced that it was scoping a potential Strategic Programme Area (SPA) for a potential large-scale strategic research investment over spring 2019, titled 'securing UK forest form, function and ecosystem services against 21st century pressures'.
Following a working group in May the proposed programme “ The Form, Function and Future of UK Treescapes” was supported by Science Committee at its meeting in September. This decision was subsequently approved by NERC Council later that month. This programme will now be taken forward as a SPA, and NERC will look to develop a wider programme with other funders and stakeholders with a view to launching in 2020.
If you have any queries on the process, please contact Forests@nerc.ukri.org in the first instance.