Planning for Sustainability

Andy Moffat has a long track record in working on projects related to sustainability and sustainable development. We can offer a range of services related to your needs to understand and comply with sustainability expectations, regulations or policy. We have particular strength in understanding the use of the ecosystems approach to sustainable development (impact, vulnerability and resilience evaluation) and in climate change adaptation options and opportunities. We can help in designing and executing auditing and data-based evidence systems to demonstrate compliance. We are happy to support your needs to interface with stakeholders as experts, in meeting and workshops.

Services offered

  • Impact, vulnerability and resilience evaluation
  • Sustainability guidance; use of ecosystems framework
  • Guidance on climate change adaptation
  • Interpretation of environmental policy and regulation
  • Survey design and analysis
  • Sustainability metrics and indicators
  • Data interpretation and inferential analysis
  • Business representation and expert interaction with stakeholders

Case study: TRANZFOR

In November and December 2012, Andy spent time in New Zealand (NZ) working with wildfire specialists, supported by the Forestry Commission, the European Commission and the NZ Forest Research Institute (Scion). NZ systems for managing fire risk were reviewed for their relevance to UK conditions and needs, present and future. A report was delivered to a range of UK government stakeholders, and is published on the Knowledge for Wildfires website HERE. A paper from the study was published by the Royal Scottish Forestry Society in December 2013 (see publications record under ‘About Us’. Further research in exploring the utility of NZ systems began in January 2014, funded under the NERC Probability, Uncertainty & Risk in the Environment (PURE) research programme, in conjunction with the University of Manchester and Forest Research. For further information, click HERE

Case study: Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA)

From 2010 Andy Moffat led a team in Forest Research to produce the forestry sector report as part of the Government’s first Climate Change Risk Assessment (CCRA) which was published in January 2012. The work involved scoping studies, consultation with the sector; identification of the major risks to the forestry sector and analysis of likely effects of climate change. In addition, the social impacts of climate change were explored and sector preparedness (adaptive capacity) was analysed. The forestry sector report can be found HERE