January 2015

Natural Capital Committee report: opportunities to invest in nature

The concept of natural capital is increasingly popular term for talking about the ways in which features in the natural environment work together to deliver the things that nature does for people.  The Natural Capital Committee is an independent advisory body set up to advise HM Government on the sustainable use of natural capital in England. 

Payments for ecosystem services workshop - book by 31 January

The Ecosystems Knowledge Network and James Hutton Institute are organising a workshop on payments for ecosystem services in Edinburgh on 24th February 2015.

The early bird rate ends on 31st January. Bookings are open until 20th February.

For further details, including how to book see http://ecosystemsknowledge.net/about/events/pes-edinburgh

Strategic plan for the West of England Local Nature Partnership

The West of England Local Nature Partnership, one of 50 under development across England, has published a prospectus that outlines its strategic objectives and outcomes.  This specifies the intention to produce an 'investment strategy' focused on delivering economic value and public health benefits through restoring the natural environment in the area.  An selection of local and national statistics concerning the value of nature are provided.

Increased visits to the natural outdoors for health reasons

The fifth annual report from the Monitor of Engagement with the Natural Environment (MENE) survey conducted by Natural England shows that the proportion of people in England who say that they made at least one visit to the outdoors ‘in the previous week’ for health and exercise increased from 34% in 2009/2010, to 45% in 2013/2014. The results show that the number of visits made to the natural environment in the last week is connected to the relationship bet

Ecosystem service workshop in Sussex

The Local Nature Partnerships for Sussex and Hampshire & Isle of Wight, together with Natural England, are organising an ‘Ecoystem Service Evidence Workshop’ in Lewes (Sussex) on 20th January. This free event will discuss the ecosystem service mapping carried out by the Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre. The organisers would like your expertise and opinion to help make these newly created maps relevant and useful for decision making across the South Downs National Character Area (Hampshire and Sussex).