Launch of the Nature Assessment Tool for Urban and Rural Environments (the NATURE Tool)

The NATURE Tool has been developed with the aim of becoming a widely accepted UK industry standard; it enables stakeholders, across sectors, to objectively assess and measure to what extent new plans or developments achieve net gains for the environment.

In coordination with the NATURE Tool's release (July 2021), a programme of launch events was produced.

These launch events were held online between 27-30th July 2021.

The events were complimentary but were also designed to work as stand alone sessions as well.

Introduction to the NATURE Tool

This was the opening event for the official launch and overview of the Tool. Discover the rationale behind the NATURE Tool and how it has been developed. Gain an overview of how it works.
Involving Ross Singleton, Director for Environment at WSP UKand Oliver Hölzinger, creator of the NATURE Tool and Principal Ecological Economist at WSP.

NATURE Tool Run Through Session

In this session, Oliver Hölzinger, creator of the NATURE Tool and Principal Ecological Economist at WSP, takes participants on a detailed tour through the NATURE Tool. Find out how to operate the tool and familiarise yourself with the interface. The session also features words from Tom Butterworth, Technical Director for Natural Capital and Biodiversity at WSP. 

NATURE Tool Panel Discussion

This final launch event was an opportunity to hear from stakeholders and partners in the NATURE Tool project; including those that have been testing the tool on the ground and those whose feedback has helped shape the NATURE Tool. The format was a panel discussion chaired by Bruce Howard, Director of Ecosystems Knowledge Network, involving Oliver Hölzinger, creator of the NATURE Tool and Principal Ecological Economist at WSP, Professor Alister Scott from Northumbria University who has been involved in much of the stakeholder input, particularly from a planning perspective, as well as representatives from case study partners.