Applying a natural capital approach

Online CPD-level training for professionals involved in the management of rural land in England. Booking now open - see link below.

Delivered by Charles Cowap MRICS FAAV PFIAgrM CEnv (independent rural advisor & trainer) through the Ecosystems Knowledge Network, with input from Ian Dickie (eftec, the Economics for the Environment Consultancy)


Our next course will run over five sessions from 24th January to 2nd February 2022.


This course provides familiarisation training for land agents, rural valuers and agricultural and rural business consultants in natural capital approaches. Trainees will be equipped to:

  • Lead colleagues and clients through a natural capital appraisal of rural assets
  • Identify, develop and exploit market opportunities for services flowing from natural capital
  • Develop business and professional foundation for future commercial development


The course comprises five interactive sessions of 90 minutes each.  All will run from 1.30 until 3 pm. Briefings will be interspersed with discussions and activities designed to support learning.

Session 1 - Introduction and overview (24th January 2022)

Key concepts relating to 'natural capital'. Legal, policy & economics background. Natural capital market segments. Implications for rural asset management and valuation.

Session 2 - Carbon on rural property (26th January 2022)

Rural land in the carbon cycle. Sequestration. Measurement & footprinting. CO2 equivalence. Trade and values. Voluntary & statutory schemes. 

Session 3 - Opportunities for biodiversity offsets and net gain (28th January 2022)

The Environment Bill, Relationship to Environmental and Biodiversity Net Gain, Measurement of biodiversity – the Defra Metric, Biodiversity Net Gain Plans and its role in the planning system - Conservation Covenants

Session 4 - Natural capital and ecosystem service valuation (31st January 2022, delivered in association with eftec, the Economics for the Environment Consultancy)

Concepts and methods in valuation. Data sources. Reporting. Use and abuse

Session 5 - Business opportunities for land management through natural capital evaluation (2nd February 2022)

How the natural capital approach is being applied at present. Positioning the future of rural businesses. Legal, contractual and landlord-tenant aspects. Property valuation and its relationship to natural capital and ecosystem service valuations.

Our next course dates

The following will take place over 5 sessions from 24th January to 2nd February 2022.

To book a place on the January 2022 course, please click here.

Five sessions, including access to electronic course materials

  • Regular rate: £195


Charles Cowap MRICS FAAV is an independent rural advisor and trainer. He worked at Harper Adams Agricultural College, then University, for many years and is well known for his work at the university and with the profession on CPD and new developments. In recent years he has taken a special interest in the development of thinking and policy around ecosystem services and natural capital which has led to numerous conference presentations including the RICS National Rural Conference, and to authorship of several RICS publications on the matter.  Now retired from academia, he continues to work on a consultancy basis providing specialist CPD and advisory support to rural professionals.

Continuing Professional Development

This course will provide 7.5 hours of training that can be used towards CPD requirements. CPD certificates will be provided on request.

Delivery platform

The course is delivered via Zoom. In order to maximise interactivity, we recommend that you access the course using the Zoom App.

Terms & conditions

Where the trainee requests the option of payment by invoice, this must be made by 7 days before the event, or the invoice date, whichever is the earlier

Changes of trainee name are permitted up to 2 working days before the event begins

This course is provided online via the Zoom platform, for which we recommend the use of the Zoom App.

The course is provided as live online training only, with participants expected to engage actively

Unless otherwise agreed, the names and affiliations of trainees will be listed in pre-course materials

Trainees agree with our refund policy, which will be as follows:

  • Cancellation requested 21 days prior to the event: full refund less administrative fee of £20.
  • Cancellation between 20 to 7 days prior to the event: refund of 50% of the value paid.
  • Cancellation less than 7 days prior to the event: no refund.