The Network runs a popular series of webinars to share good practice, new tools and resources developed around the UK. They are generally held on the last Thursday of each month at 1 pm. See our listing of previous webinars, with links to recordings.
Here are the next webinars:
Valuing public benefits from land: the case of Silverdale Country Park
Thursday 25th May 2017, 1pm British Summer Time (GMT+1)
In 2016, the Land Trust and Interserve Consulting collaborated to undertake an ecosystem service and natural capital valuation for Silverdale Country Park. This 83 hectare former colliery site in Staffordshire is managed by the Land Trust in partnership with Groundwork West Midlands. The aim of the project was to understand and communicate the wider economic benefits of the habitat and biodiversity within the site that are often not considered, or valued as “free”. The valuation made use of Interserve Consulting's Natural Capital Valuation Tool, mapping the ecosystem services provided by the Land Trust’s site and performing physical and monetary natural capital assessment based on this. The work highlights the wider environmental and knock-on social values of the site, and makes clear the wider intrinsic return on investment from the establishment of public facilities such as this.
The seminar will be delivered by Alex Saponja of Interserve Consulting with Sarah Williams of the Land Trust.
Integrated environmental management: fulfilling the UK's international obligations
Thursday, 29th June 2017, 1 pm British Summer Time (GMT+1)
The UK is a party to the international Convention on Biological Diversity. In 1995, the ecosystem approach was adopted as the primary framework for implementation of the Convention. Jurisdictions within the UK have responded to the existence of the ecosystem approach in varying ways. What do these responses say about the approaches to, and aspirations for, programmes of integrated environmental management across the UK? This webinar addresses these and other related questions and seeks to understand how the ecosystem approach can survive and thrive in changing times.
The webinar will be presented by Nick Kirsop-Taylor, a Researcher at the University of Exeter's Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute.