The National Park Authority administers Sustainable Development Fund grants in Pembrokeshire. To read summary details of the projects supported by the fund, choose a project title from the list below.
Sustainable Seaweed Management in the Haven Waterway
This project focusses on the management of seaweed blooms in the Milford Haven waterway as a way to address the significant environmental issue of high nutrient levels affecting the water quality. The proposed pilot will collect seaweed from the waterway and use it as a feedstock for a small anaerobic digestion facility to produce biogas and fertiliser for local use. Project work will include an options appraisal for use of seaweed as feedstock for anaerobic digestion and subsequent use for biogas and financial modelling of the proposed process. Also a feasibility study to explore how the management and growth of seaweed could play a role in Payment for Ecosystems Services (PES) schemes such as “Ecobank”, which is a specific scheme being piloted in Pembrokeshire by the Welsh Government and Natural Resources Wales. The project has the potential to act as a catalyst, leading to both environmental and economic benefits for the region, helping to reduce nutrient levels in the waterway, and to improve the recreational enjoyment of the waterway as well as providing opportunities for employment for the local community.
Project Total Cost: £85,000.00
Grant Awarded: £40,000.00