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.
Communicate 2016: Swapping Spectacles
2-3rd November, Bristol Zoo Gardens, Bristol
This year's Communicate conference theme is 'Swapping Spectacles', two days of inspiring content, interactive workshops and discussion, providing a networking opportunity for environmental communicators.
'Making Nature Count' brings together scientists, economists, NGOs, accountants, policymakers and businesses to look at the natural capital approach from a variety of perspectives and examine its potential to help us address the environmental and social challenges we face.
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.
Dr Dan Bloomfield, an expert in links between health and access to the natural outdoors has established a Dose of Nature website, with links to lots of useful resources and discussion. See http://www.adoseofnature.net/
This is one of many links on this topic found on the Ecosystems Knowledge Network website at http://ecosystemsknowledge.net/resources/tools-guidelines/health
Ecosystems Knowledge Network wins prestigious award
The Ecosystems Knowledge Network has been awarded the Tony Bradshaw Award for Outstanding Best Practice in ecology and environmental management. The award was made on 30th June by the Chartered Institute for Ecology and Environmental Management. It was presented to the Network Co-ordinator, Bruce Howard, by Stephanie Hilborne OBE, Chief Executive of the Wildlife Trusts. The Network was also declared the winner of CIEEM's knowledge sharing award category.
The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Service (IPBES) is a science-policy interface established to provide a robust evidence base, together with the necessary tools and capacity, to help decision makers around the world identify solutions to pressures on global ecosystems and loss of biodiversity; thereby securing long term human wellbeing and sustainable development.
The partnership approach & assessing the benefits of catchment management
12th - 13th September, Exeter
This event is aimed at individuals and organisations interested in seeing how catchment partnerships have developed alongside other partnerships and where their future lies. It is also for those interested in the role of catchment management and the evidence behind the approach. It is being organised by the Westcountry Rivers Trust.
It will ask questions such as:
Date: 19 & 20 July 2016
Venue: University of Kent, Canterbury
The developing interdisciplinary field of valuing nature for natural resource management is often set within wider commitments to deepen stakeholder engagement in decision making. In principle, participatory approaches offer a socially extended, pluralistic and deliberative context in which to explore, debate, clarify and capture the many and diverse values that cohere around the natural environment to inform decisions and priorities.
A new survey has been launched to understand and capture ideas and expectations (positive and negative) associated with the use of Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) in the UK.
The Environment & Society Research Group and ESCom, (the Ecosystem Service Community for Scotland) are organising a workshop in Edinburgh on 8th June to introduce two projects that reflect the ecosystem approach:
Tool Assessor - The UK's online resource on analytical tools that link the environment and society
Today the new Tool Assessor service is being launched by the Ecosystems Knowledge Network. This resource will provide information about the range of tools that analyse what the environment does for people.
The Historic Environment, Valuing Nature and Ecosystem Services
St Alban’s Centre, Holborn, London 7th June 2016
Webinar: A Roundtable with the i-Tree Development Team: An Open Discussion
Wednesday 18th May 2016, 6pm BST (1pm Eastern)
Treeconomics are joining Dr David Nowak and the US i-Tree Development team panel for an i-Tree webinar on Wednesday the 18th of May. The workshop will be an open discussion and Q&A roundtable session.
Valuing ecosystem services in an urban oasis: Camley Street Nature Park
Webinar: 26th May 2016, 1-2pm
2016 WENP Annual Conference: Future-proofing our environment in the West of England
1st June 2016, Keynsham
The West of England Nature Partnership are holding their annual conference on the 1st June 2016. Find out what WENPs multi-disciplinary working groups have been focusing on and ways in which they’ve been embedding the value of nature across the region. Discover how the partnership have been assessing the State of the Environment, and join them for the launch of a series of ecosystem service and ecological network maps.
Building Prosperous Cities: the role of natural capital and green infrastructure - London 27th September 2016
This conference will look at what green infrastructure and natural capital mean for the planning and development of UK cities. It will draw together case studies from around the UK where large-scale planning and investment in natural features in urban areas is yielding benefits. See more information and book tickets.
Ecosystem Services: Making the Environment work for you
Harwell (Oxfordshire), April 21st 2016
Following the successful JNCC project to create a spatial framework for ecosystem service mapping and analysis, Environment Systems are hosting an event at its offices at Harwell, Oxfordshire which will focus on using the SENCE Toolkit to support an 'ecosystem services approach' as an aid for decision making.
Further information is available at http://ecosystemsknowledge.net/events/external
Getting the best from our land: A Land Use Strategy for Scotland 2016 – 2021 was published today and is available on the Scottish Government website: http://www.gov.scot/Resource/0049/00497086.pdf
‘Getting the best from our land’ is Scotland’s second land use strategy. It highlights the importance of:
The latest funding call under the Valuing Nature Programme is now open: Understanding ecosystem stocks and tipping points
£1.1M is available to support interdisciplinary research projects that, through a better understanding of the complexities of the UK natural environment in valuation analyses, will seek to improve our understanding of:
The Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) was established to provide information on the relationship between biodiversity, ecosystem services and people. ESCom, the Ecosystem Service Community for Scotland is organising a 2 hour discussion in Edinburgh on 9th March of progress with this international programme. Among the panelists for the discussion are Sally Thomas, the Head of the Land Use and Biodiversity policy team at Scottish Government and Prof Mark Rounsevell from Edinburgh University.
Green Infrastructure Strategic Intervention, part of European Structural and Investment Funding, aims to create better places that enhance quality of life for urban residents by improving the quality, accessibility and quantity of green infrastructure in Scotland’s major towns and cities. It is to be delivered through the Green Infrastructure Fund, which will be overseen by Scottish Natural Heritage through to 2019. The intention is to deliver at least 15 projects across Scotland that improve or create around 140 hectares of urban green infrastructure by 2023.
Ecosystem Services: Making the Environment work for you
Harwell - April 21st 2016
Following the successful JNCC project to create a spatial framework for ecosystem service mapping and analysis, Environment Systems are hosting an event at its offices at Harwell, Oxfordshire which will focus on using the SENCE Toolkit to support the ecosystem approach (including ecosystem services) as an aid for decision making.
Webinar: Tools for the Job
Thursday 25th February 2016, 1-2pm
This month’s free webinar will focus on tools to capture environmental information such as ecosystem services and natural capital. There will be presentations on two tools currently being used, and a consultation on a new method for helping people select tools to use, the 'Tool Assessor'.