Housing, infrastructure and natural capital workshop

Tools to inform the delivery of net gain

This event was designed to help those who need to evaluate new housing and infrastructure proposals in terms of whether they deliver net gain or no net loss of ecosystem services. It introduced three tools that may be suited to large housing and infrastructure proposals, building a consensus on what they can achieve and future requirements for their optimisation.

Date: Monday 30th October 2017   

Venue: Cranfield University, near Milton Keynes

Organisers: Alison Smith (ECI, University of Oxford) with the Ecosystems Knowledge Network. In co-operation with the Bedfordshire Local Nature Partnership.


10.45:  arrive, coffee and tea

11.00: Introduction (45 minutes)

11.45: Seminar 1: quantification of ecosystem service provision – the Natural Capital Planning Tool

  • Aim of the tool and how it works (Oliver Hölzinger, University of Birmingham) (15 mins)
  • Q&A (10 mins)
  • Case study (Laura Kitson, Central Bedfordshire Council) (15 mins)
  • Discussion on user needs and potential refinements (20 mins)

12.45 Lunch

1.30 Seminar 2: mapping of ecosystem service provision – SENCE

  • Aim of the tool and how it works  (Katie Medcalf, Environment Systems) (15 mins)
  • Q&A (10 mins)
  • Case study (Lucy Rogers, Avon Wildlife Trust) (15 mins)
  • Discussion on user needs and potential refinements (20 mins)

2.30 Tea / coffee

2.45: Seminar 3: valuing ecosystem service provision – GI-Val 

3.45 Closing discussion chaired by Prof. Alister Scott, Northumbria University (45 minutes)

Group work to evaluate what tool development is needed.

4.30 End

Who attended the workshop?

Infrastructure businesses, housing developers, local authorities, consultancies, environment-focused third sector organisations.