Title: Land regeneration network 
Resource Type: web links 
Availability: http://www.grc.cf.ac.uk/lrn/index.php 
Producers or distributor Geoenvironmental Research Centre and Cardiff University 
Author / Producer Type: Agency, regulator or other governmental or inter-governmental body 
Web link for product information: http://www.grc.cf.ac.uk/lrn/index.php  
EUGRIS Keyword(s): Contaminated land-->Remediation options-->Remediation options overview
 
Short description: The LRN provides a networking platform for all stakeholders of contaminated land and industrial waste management in Wales where regional, national and international issues are raised, and where their views are welcomed and discussed 
Long description: The Land Regeneration Network provides a platform for stakeholders in contaminated land and industrial waste management in Wales. The principle function of the network is to provide a business to business networking forum where regional, national and international issues on land regeneration, remediation, industrial waste and sustainable development can be raised, and where Clients, Regulators, Research providers and Service providers can discuss their views with other interested parties. The aims and functions the LRN provide are: To act as the principle mechanism for effective business to business networking for stakeholder of land regeneration, remediation, and industrial waste management To gather, develop and provide high-quality relevant up-to-the-minute information and industry intelligence and to disseminate this information and intelligence to the Network To act as the Forum in Wales for the dissemination of state-of-the-art best practice and information on land regeneration, remediation, industrial waste management and related sustainable development To advance the education of Industry and the Public on issues concerning land regeneration, remediation, industrial waste management and related sustainable development To act as the representative body for stakeholders in land regeneration, remediation, industrial waste management and related sustainable development To provide advice and information on regulatory issues Networking is the core activity of the LRN helping to activate links between Wales and International, European, National and Regional Networks and organisations. These links can be employed to improve communication between regional industry to aid other functions of the LRN. The network also provides information to its members about trade missions, exhibitions and conferences and plays an active role by organising such events and devising regular survey to discover new possible markets. Information about available funds from different European, National and Regional sources are also provided through the network. Partnerships with other interested groups are actively sought and organised through the network to widen the scope, interest and added value afforded to the membership. Regulation and guidance on contaminated land, and industrial waste problems are still developing and changing not only in the UK and in Wales but also at European directives level. The LRN continually seeks to ensure that it updates its members of any new relevant legislation and guidance through its link with the regulators and government officials at all levels. It provides an opportunity for parties on the receiving end to express their concerns and views and to discuss and provide feedback on these regulation and guidance with the decision-makers. The network actively encourages its membership to participate in legislative consultations both at national and international levels. Information which covers a whole list of associated topics relevant to contaminated land, industrial waste management sustainable development and environmental service industry is provided through the LRN web pages and newsletters. This enables up to date information to be provided, including publications, current and potential projects in the region, national and regional events, competitions and awards, case studies, research results, data and reviews. The network also supports innovation, research and development, initiating different kinds of studies and helps SMEs in Wales explore possible ways of collaboration and potential funding streams when the need arises. A significant issue in Wales is the need to review current risk assessment standards, procedures and models. To provide guidelines on the practicality and suitability of currently available techniques or to suggest new standards and methodologies for risk assessment that is acceptable for the region and the UK. Capacity building, knowledge share and training via local workshops, seminars, short and long courses and other methods are additional services which are actively organised by the network. Typically these events are influenced by feedback from the stakeholder groups and hence are tailored to meet the needs of SMEs. Interaction between members is enhanced via specific B2B networking events and the Network web site, together with regular meetings and newsletters both in print and via e-mail besides other notifying facilities 
Submitted By: Jean François Brunet WhoDoesWhat?      Last update: 04/01/2005