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EKN wins prestigious award!

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.

Reviewers sought for IPBES First Order Draft reviews

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.

Conference on the Partnership Approach & Catchment Management

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: 

Valuing Nature & Participatory Decision Making Conference

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. 

West of England Nature Partnership Conference

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.

Network conference: Building Prosperous Cities

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.

Event on ecosystem service assessment

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

Valuing Nature funding call: ecosystem stocks and tipping points

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:

Edinburgh event on ecosystem services

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 fund for Scotland

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 approach event

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

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'.

Natural Flood Defences meeting

Natural Flood Defences: what works, who pays and can biodiversity benefit too?

Tuesday 1st March 2016, 5-7pm

Committee Room 12, House of Commons, London


This meeting will attempt to address the questions "who pays? And for exactly what?" with regards to natural flood defences.  It will be led by Barry Gardiner MP, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on biodiversity.

Round 3 PES Pilots Completed

The Defra round 3 PES pilot projects have been completed and the final reports are now available.  See our PES Pilots webpage

This third round of PES pilots aimed to continue the progress made in rounds 1 and 2, and develop understanding of PES markets as set out in the White Paper and PES Action Plan.  These pilots seek to test PES in new contexts, including biomass energy, flood management, and urban and peri-urban settings.  

Evaluation of Scottish Land Use Pilots

In 2013 Scottish Government initiated two regional land use pilot projects in Aberdeenshire and the Scottish Borders to test an innovative approach to land use decision-making. An independent evaluation was carried out in parallel with the pilot projects to consider the processes of developing and managing the projects as well as the final outputs.

The report is available here, and the research findings can be found here.

Ecosystems News 11: Tools for the Job

The latest issue of the Network's newsletter is now available.  The theme of the newsletter is 'Tools for the Job'. 

In this issue, we look at the range of tools available that can help us make the connection between the environment and society.  We feature several tools that have been used in the UK, including the Toolkit for Ecosystem Service Site-based Assessment (TESSA) and EcoServ-GIS. 

Ecosystem approach review published

The Ecosystems Knowledge Network has published a report that outlines the challenges and opportunities for application of the ecosystem approach at the landscape scale. This was based on interviews with 13 initiatives operating across landscape areas in the UK, including National Parks, Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and other 'one-off' initiatives.

The report can be accessed at