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What we do

On its formation in 1989 INCA’s aims were to ensure that nature conservation was adequately addressed in economic development projects and encourage the use of industrial land for nature conservation projects.

As the environment has become more regulated and INCA has become better known and trusted, its services to members have grown.

INCA services now include

Legislative Compliance
We provide assistance to our members to address ecological and environmental issues. We provide ongoing support in helping them build the natural environment into their achievements towards  Environment, Social Governance (ESG), biodiversity net gain assets (BNG) and long-term Management Plans.

Development Advice and Support
We work with developers to ensure that new developments do not have a significant adverse effect on the local environment. With our unsurpassed local knowledge our early involvement in development proposals is helpful to regulators, planning authorities and the developer as it significantly increases the likelihood that submissions such as Environment Impact Statements are right first time. Our involvement also maximises opportunities for developers to build biodiversity gains into new projects.

Promotion
We help our members promote their environmental and ecological successes locally and nationally thereby raising their profile and that of the whole Tees Valley sub-region as leaders in the field of sustainable development.

Environment Monitoring and Data
We carry out ecological monitoring in Tees Valley on a variety of projects, including 30 years of the Tees Seals project. We maintain what is probably the most comprehensive database of species and habitats in the Tees Valley. This database underpins much of our work. Using this data we have produced reports towards strategic publications, such as State of the Natural Environment of the Tees Estuary.

Biodiversity Projects
We carry out habitat creation projects on our members’ sites. These projects are often linked to Biodiversity Action Plans that we have produced for them. These have included introductions for rare butterfly species and habitat creation.

Facilitating Partnerships
As an independent organisation we are well placed to facilitate partnerships to deliver initiatives such the production of the Teesmouth and Cleveland Coast European Marine Site Management Plan and the Tees Estuary Management Plan.

Core Principles

  • To ensure our members are kept fully aware of current issues regarding ecological opportunities, legislation and links to corporate priorities, e.g. ESG and BNG.
  • To retain and expand current membership. 
  • To continue to uphold our reputation as the reliable, responsive, one[1]stop provider of ecological services to our members and clients.
  • To continue to provide value and integrity in the service that we provide.
  • To develop the skills of our staff to meet the ongoing needs of our membership.
  • To plan resources and succession effectively, ensuring that we identify and develop the necessary key skills and competences. This will involve recruitment in the current year.
  • To promote the benefits of synergies between nature and industry wherever they exist among our membership.
  • To represent our members’ interests at various fora within the Tees Valley sub[1]region and, where appropriate, nationally.

Contact us

We’re always happy to help and answer any queries you may have so please complete this form and we’ll be in touch as soon as we can. Alternatively, you can call (01642) 777965 to speak to a member of staff.