Fernanda Balata

Senior Programme Manager

Fernanda leads NEF’s work on coastal economies, which is aimed at reconciling social and economic prosperity for coastal communities with marine conservation. Fernanda has led the Blue New Deal Initiative since 2014, delivering two major reports and building a growing network to deliver a major action plan for the UK coast. This work has received international attention and Fernanda is currently developing ideas to translate the Blue New Deal framework in Portugal. She has also conducted research on fisheries and the future of cities; and is interested in developing more work looking at human-wildlife relations, as well as exchange opportunities between the work in the UK and other countries.

Fernanda is frequently invited by a range of organisations, politicians and community groups to talk and debate about economic development, coastal issues and the environment.

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Trust in transition

Climate breakdown and high carbon workers

We can’t keep the fire-fighting

To protect the Amazon, G7 leaders must shift political discourse and urgently reform international trade relations

Forget GDP growth — greater economic democracy is the main ingredient for a sustainable net zero world

Fernanda Balata writes for Business Green

Trying to stay afloat

Coastal communities in the UK: a vision for starting up, not shutting down

Britain’s coastal communities are threatened by climate change

Will those living on the coast lose their homes?

Change on the coast

A new partnership between NEF and Local Trust will put coastal communities in control of their future.

Earth or Mars, the future is all about reusability

From recycled products to a circular economy, we must invest more to create an innovative energy future.

Support local action now to build a cleaner energy future

We need governments to support community efforts to create cleaner energy, not create barriers

Britain’s beaches matter

Action needed to protect our coastline

World Earth Day… and a future without coal?

Let's demand that politicians secure a fossil-fuel-free future for all

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