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Natural capital "How to do it" workbook

The Natural Capital Committee for England has published a draft (version 1) workbook for natural capital assessment, along with a paper that sets out principles for selecting approaches to valuation of changes in the state of natural capital.

"This practical guide is aimed at anyone who wants to use natural capital approaches in making decisions about the natural environment. It is intended to support decision makers, including planners, communities and landowners, but has particular relevance for place based decisions."

Social prescribing and nature - new report

A Natural England report - Good practice in social prescribing for mental health: The role of nature-based interventions has just been published. 

Social prescribing is the mechanism which provides GPs with non-medical referral options, such as nature-based interventions alongside existing treatments to improve health and wellbeing - potentially at much less cost to the NHS. The prescription of nature-based interventions is often called a ‘green prescription’.

Our survey closes today

The Ecosystems Knowledge Network wants to know about you and how we can support your work. Please complete our short survey. It will help us to secure new funding for our work, as well as prioritise resources and events that meet your needs.

As a token of our thanks, we’ll select at random five people who complete the survey by noon on 18th January 2017 to receive £30 off one of our events in 2017. If need be, we'll refund this for bookings already made. 

Payments for ecosystem service pilots - evaluation published

Defra has published an evaluation of the process of supporting 16 pilot projects to investigate the feasibility of setting up payments for ecosystem services schemes. The report provides an overview of the pilots, along with an assessment of the impact and costs and benefits. Find a link to the report on our payments for ecosystem services landing page.

Welcome to our 2000th member!

We have just welcomed the 2000th member of our growing Network for professionals across the UK interested in managing the environment as an asset for the benefit of all. Susan Schnadhorst, Senior Environmental and Sustainability Advisor at construction business Osborne, joined after discovering our Tool Assessor service.

The Network is free and open to all. Encourage your colleagues to sign up by sending them this link.

This Thursday! - Outdoor recreation valuation webinar

ORVal is a brand new on-line tool for use in analysis in mapping and valuing recreational sites and develops the framework for the tool in which further improvements can be added over the longer-term. Learn more about ORVal from project lead Prof Brett Day in a webinar at 1 pm on 27th October 2016.

For details and to book, see the link at

Natural Capital Protocol explained

On 3rd October, Mark Gough from the Natural Capital Coalition provided members of the Ecosystems Knowledge Network with a helpful overview of the recently-launched Natural Capital Protocol. Gordon Rogers from Yorkshire Water then described a pilot project that made use of the Protocol.

A recording of the event is now available at

This event was run in association with the Irish Forum on Natural Capital and the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital.

Natural Infrastructure Scheme

In September 2016, Green Alliance and the National Trust launched a proposal for a Natural Infrastructure Scheme, an area based market in avoided costs, delivering environmental improvements by bringing together groups of land managers to sell ecosystem services to groups of beneficiaries. This is set out as a multi-buyer multi-seller consortium contract for large scale interventions in the upper reaches of a river catchment.

Natural capital resources for business

The Scottish Forum on Natural Capital has launched a set of 'Natural Capital Navigation' signposting webpages to help businesses to protect and enhance the 'natural capital' on which they depend. The page includes simple introductions to the concept, along with guidance for particular sectors, e.g. food and beverage.