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Response to the Natural Capital Committee Annual Report

Response to the Sixth Annual Report of the Natural Capital Committee for England: ‘A golden opportunity to endorse blended finance for 25 Year Environment Plan delivery’

Organisers of The Natural Capital Investment Conference respond to the NCC’s latest annual report say:  “The government needs to catalyse blended finance options if the UK is to fulfill its ambition for environmental restoration.”

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  • Ecosystems Knowledge Network launches strategy for 2018 - 2023

  • Tool being developed which measures effect of land use change on ecosystem services

  • HM Government opens consultation on biodiversity and environment net gain

  • €2 million invested into campaign to mainstream valuation of nature by business

  • ONS green cities tool: results from Welsh pilot studies

  • Expanding the urban canopy cover map of Britain

This Wednesday - Natural Environment Valuation Online webinar

Natural Environment Valuation Online is a new web-based tool for natural capital and the sustainable management of natural resources, commissioned by Defra and produced by the University of Exeter. 

Ecosystems Knowledge Network is offering you the chance to discover the tool and take part in case study trials of its usage via a webinar on Wednesday 31st October at 1 pm GMT.

The webinar is nearly full. Register now to reserve your place.

Urban trees can store as much carbon as tropical forest

2nd August 2018

According to a study published in Carbon Balance and Management, urban trees in Highgate Cemetery and Hampstead Heath, London store up to 178 metric tonnes of carbon per hectare. This area provides carbon storage similar to tropical rainforests which store 190 metric tonnes per hectare. This shows the importance of urban trees in the movement to reduce emissions from cities.

Manchester's natural environment goes online

16th April 2018

A new website which showcases the natural environment of Greater Manchester and encourages people to enjoy it and help care for it was launched at the GM Mayor’s Green Summit in March. It features projects that are restoring natural features and improving access to green space, plus information on walking routes, conservation activities and volunteering opportunities.

Natural Capital Planning Tool released

6th March 2018

The Natural Capital Planning Tool (NCPT) was formally released on 6th March 2018, following several years of development and testing with support from NERC and RTPI.

The NCPT allows the user to assess the impact of new or proposed developments and plans on the value of Natural Capital and ecosystem services.

The Excel-based tool is profiled as part of EKN's Tool Assessor service.

Natural Capital Investment Conference - 2nd March press release

2nd March 2018

The first Natural Capital Investment Conference, held on 1st March in London and organised by the Ecosystems Knowledge Network, brought together almost 200 experts from the finance, property, government and environmental sectors. The day was dedicated to linking investors with natural capital projects and highlighting the emerging new forms of finance for natural capital restoration.

Wildlife Trusts publish vision on nature-rich housing

7th February 2018

The Wildlife Trusts have published their latest vision for what a good, "nature-rich" housing development can look like, making the case for both developers and planners.

It states that "Built in the right way, in the right place, new housing developments can make a positive contribution to nature and to the health and wellbeing of people who live there."

Read the report at

England: Natural Capital Committee publishes 5th Report

6th February 2018

The Natural Capital Committee has published its 5th Report, setting out its activities for 2018. The Committee asserts its position as integral to the implementation of HM Government's 25 Year Environment Plan. Among this, it says that "In 2018 the Pioneer Projects should move from their initial start up phase to become an integral part of delivering the Plan."

The four Pioneer Projects, relating to five locations in England, are intended to explore the challenges and opportunities raised in implementing a "natural capital approach" in practice.

London's parks provide benefits worth £5 billion a year

23rd November 2017

For the first time, the total value of London's green spaces, and the value of the benefits they provide to people in London, has been assessed. The findings were published today in a report funded by the Greater London Authority, National Trust and Heritage Lottery Fund.

London is one of the world's greenest capital cities, with an extensive network of public parks and green spaces, though access to these varies across the city. headline figures in the report include: