Natural Capital Accounting For Urban Greenspace Management

IET Birmingham, Austin Court, Birmingham, 28th June 2018, 10.30 to 4pm


Discounted tickets for local authorities and charities extended until 8th June!


Funding challenges and land use pressures mean that local authorities and other land owners face unprecedented challenges in managing urban greenspace.  Authoritative information about the value of this vital ‘green infrastructure’ and ‘natural capital’ can play a crucial role in determining whether it is seen as an asset or a liability. It provides a starting point for gaining new funding to enhance their social and economic value.

In recent years, natural capital accounts have been produced for greenspace in several UK cities. These provide information in a way that is recognised by senior decision-makers. Urban areas across the UK are exploring new ways of managing greenspace and raising their profile among leaders responsible for health and economic development.


This unique training opportunity will provide you with an in-depth knowledge of what natural capital accounts are and how they are produced in the specific context of urban greenspace.

No prior knowledge of natural capital assessment or economics is required.

A unique learning opportunity for:

Urban greenspace managers, urban property businesses, local authority asset managers, landscape and planning professionals, and others with an interest in the quality of urban areas


Learning Objectives

The training will ensure you are knowledgable of:

  • The methods for natural capital accounting with a focus on urban greenspace.
  • The relationship with broader assessment tools and methods (such as maps and valuations).
  • The resources and skills required to undertake an assessment.
  • The potential for informing planning, design, investment and management decisions.


Participants will Receive

  • In depth training in a group setting from one of the UK’s leading experts on natural capital accounting
  • CPD certificates
  • Links to course materials
  • Refreshments and lunch



Ian Dickie, Director, eftec

Ian joined eftec (Economics for the Environment Consultancy) in November 2007. He is also a Director of the Aldersgate Group, for whom he leads work on natural capital, and a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales’ Sustainability Committee. At eftec he has directed natural capital accounting for the Duchy of Cornwall, London Borough of Barnet and John Lewis. He has managed over £2 million worth of research for the Defra family, including natural capital risk assessment and investment cases for the Natural Capital Committee. He is currently directing work to produce a UK urban natural capital account, including the value of urban green space for recreation and health. He was a technical author of the Natural Capital Protocol, and the lead technical writer of UNDP’s 2016 biodiversity finance initiative (BIOFIN) workbook. He has also managed studies on habitat banking and biodiversity finance for the European Commission and worked on forestry, wildlife trade and invasive species. Ian was previously head of economics for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, which he joined in April 2000.


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Discounted tickets available to local authorities and charities with an annual turnover of less than £1million until June 8th.


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Booking terms and conditions:

  • Refunds will be given for bookings cancelled up to 20 calendar days before the event, less an administration fee of £50.  After this date, no refunds will be given.
  • Names of delegates within any one organisation can be changed free of charge up to five working days before the course date.
  • In the event of the nominated trainer(s) not being available, an appropriate substitute will be provided.