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, scheduled for the end of July, a programme of launch events has been put together.

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

You can register for all the events or just choose which are most applicable to you; the events are complimentary but have been designed to work as stand alone sessions as well.

Introduction to the NATURE Tool

Tuesday 27th July 12.30-13.15

Join this 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 UK, Oliver Hölzinger, creator of the NATURE Tool and Principal Ecological Economist at WSP, and case study partners.
-Register for the introduction session here-
 

NATURE Tool Run Through Sessions

Session 1: Wednesday 28th July 11.00-12.00
Session 2: Thursday 29th July 14.30-15.30

In this session, Oliver Hölzinger, creator of the NATURE Tool and Principal Ecological Economist at WSP, will take participants on a detailed tour through the NATURE Tool. Find out how to operate the tool and familiarise yourself with the interface. This event is being run twice to give as much opportunity for potential users to participate in a live run through and to ask questions directly. The session will be chaired by Tom Butterworth, Technical Director for Natural Capital and Biodiversity at WSP. 

-Register for run through session 1-
-Register for run through session 2-
(both sessions are the same)
 

NATURE Tool Panel Discussion

Friday 30th July 13.00-14.00

This final launch event will be 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 will be 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. A large section of the session will be dedicated to Q&A. 

-Register for the panel discussion here