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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.


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.