Environmental specialists win prestigious MOD award
A team of environmental specialists from Cornwall and Wales have won the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD’s) prestigious Sanctuary Award.
The group received recognition in the Environmental Project category, for developing a partnership approach to focus on the impact of MOD sewage discharge at Loe Poole and Llyn Penrhyn Sewage Treatment Works (STW).
The aim of the project was to collate information that would benefit everyone involved in the scientific management of the MOD STW.
RAF Valley Station Energy and Environment Protection Advisor, Rob Hughes said:
“We are all very proud to have won this award, trying to gauge the environmental impact of a STW meant measuring flow rates and concentrations of nutrients in many different places. The approach taken was innovative, in that each stakeholder was given a task commensurate with its ability and willingness to participate. Winning the award is a great achievement for all.
Kelda Water Services Environmental Officer, Sarah Maiden added:
“The partnering approach taken at Loe Poole and Llyn Penrhyn demonstrates what can be achieved when different organisations work together in pursuit of a positive environmental outcome.
“We are thrilled that the working groups are receiving this award as it reinforces the strengths of collaboration.”
Representing the Sanctuary Award Board Marcus Yeo, Chief Executive of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), said:
“I have been a member of the judging panel for the Sanctuary Awards for several years, and I am always impressed by the breadth and quality of environmental work undertaken on MOD property. This year has been no exception and it was a hard task to select award winners from such a diverse range of high-quality submissions.”
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1. The Sanctuary Awards are organised, on behalf of the Ministry of Defence (MOD), by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO).
2. DIO is part of the MOD. It is responsible for managing and maintaining land and properties to meet the current and future needs of the MOD and personnel at home and abroad, and support current operations.Its work includes providing, supporting and improving: operational units; single living and service family accommodation; training areas and historic military sites. DIO actively manages these to ensure the needs of Defence are met, value for money is achieved, our heritage is protected and to achieve our environmental goals.
3. DIO was formed on 1 April 2011 when the former Defence Estates (DE) organisation was brought together with other property and infrastructure functions within department to form a single organisation. DIO manages the MOD’s property infrastructure and ensures strategic management of the Defence estate as a whole.
4. The Sanctuary Awards aim to recognise and encourage group and individual efforts that benefit wildlife, archaeology, environmental improvement or community awareness of conservation on or within land and property that MOD owns or uses in the UK or overseas.For imagery, please visit the Defence Imagery website at www.defenceimagery.mod.uk
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