We have received these reports from the R&A. They are available here for you to download.
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- Pesticides and biodiversity. Although this is headlined ‘Agricultural productivity and biodiversity conservation’, much of it is relevant to producing a quality golf course.
- Business and the EU Biodiversity Strategy: How the private sector can contribute to the successful implementation of the strategy.
- Realising nature’s value: The Final Report of the Ecosystem Markets Task Force. The report makes practical recommendations for both Government and business where interventions would assist in the creation and development of new markets, enhancing opportunities for growth that also benefit the environment. The report affirms that business is often unaware of its true reliance on nature, and that a new approach is needed to maximise opportunities and manage future risks
- Biological Diversity and Tourism: Development of Guidelines for Sustainable Tourism in Vulnerable Ecosystems
- UK National Action Plan for the Sustainable Use of Pesticides. This will be of interest to those in countries which also have a NAP, for comparison purposes. Note the engagement of turf growers as key stakeholders through the Amenity Forum (item 5.2 on page 4) and the degree of non-regulatory and industry initiatives which contribute with regulation to the ‘Measures and Actions’ listed on pages 8 to 29. The list of indicators being used to assess the impact of pesticides on human health and the environment in Annex 3 seems reasonably comprehensive.
- Guidelines on best practice to limit, mitigate or compensate soil sealing. Soil sealing is the permanent covering of an area of land and its soil by impermeable artificial material, such as asphalt and concrete. Golf courses, particularly in urban areas, can limit, mitigate or compensate for soil sealing. There must be potential for the French urban golf or the Norwegian ‘Golf Court’ model to take advantage of this issue when the development of brown field sites is being considered. An opportunity to help attract more people to the game?
- Tourism Sector and Biodiversity Conservation Best Practice Benchmarking
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