The Network runs a popular series of webinars to share good practice, new tools and resources developed around the UK.


An environment for investment, productivity and inclusive growth

Part of the Partnerships for People, Place & Environment webinar series (Defra Local Delivery Project)

Thursday 13th September 2018, 1 to 2 pm

Local economic development remains a priority throughout the UK. Our understanding of how the environment underpins sustainable forms of growth is greater than ever. This webinar will feature two enterprise and economic development initiatives that have given recognition to the importance of the natural environment in meeting their goals. Emily Kent from the Economic Development Team of Cornwall Council and her colleague Rachel Bice from the Environment Service will discuss how a commitment to environmental growth has come to be embedded in their Economic Growth Plan for Cornwall. They will describe the implications of this for investment work to date. Andrew Leeming from the York, North Yorkshire and East Riding Enterprise Partnership share his perspective on the opportunity for environment to support long-term growth. He will provide insight into how Local Nature Partnerships and other local environmental initiatives in England can work more effectively to support strategic economic development initiatives. Register online.


Natural Infrastructure Scheme: a catchment-based framework for revenue for water management services

Wednesday 26th September 2018, 1 to 2pm, A Natural Capital Investment Forum Webinar

The Natural Infrastructure Scheme (NIS) is a market in avoided costs in which, water utilities, infrastructure operators and public agencies would contract farmers to implement measures on their land to slow the flow of water and improve water quality. Actions by farmers could include soil aeration, tree planting and the creation of attenuation ponds. The scheme is being developed by the Green Alliance in partnership with the National Trust. In this webinar, we will explore the potential for the NIS model to form the basis for attracting new capital investment in the farmed environment. It will examine the security of the likely revenue stream and how outcomes might be assured to buyers in NIS schemes. Sign up to the Investment Forum, or if you are already a member, sign-in to register here


Natural capital accounting and the historic environment

Thursday 27th September 2018, 1 to 2pm

It is increasingly popular to consider features in the environment as forms of 'natural capital'. Natural capital accounting is a way of assessing and communicating the value of these features. Historic environment assets such as registered parks, gardens and battlefields or listed buildings can act as natural capital stocks.  Management and maintenance of these assets affects the condition and extent of natural capital overall. This webinar will provide you with an overview of the findings of a scoping study that considered if, how and where current approaches to natural capital accounting can capture the benefits that are being delivered by the historic environment. 

Traditionally benefits from historic assets have been categorised as 'cultural ecosystem services'. The study in this webinar looked more broadly than this. The webinar is an opportunity to discuss next steps in natural capital accounting and the historic environment and find out how the findings from this work are already feeding into other studies. The presenters and panelists are Eva-Maria Scholtz (Natural England), Hannah Fluck & Adala Leeson (Historic England) and Teresa Fenn (Risk & Policy Analysts Ltd). Register online.


Natural Environment Valuation Online (NEVO): a web-based tool for natural capital and the sustainable management of natural resources

Wednesday 31st October 2018, 1 to 2 pm

The new NEVO tool is a map-based decision support tool to inform decisions that affect the natural environment of England and Wales. It makes use of state-of-the-art environmental and economic models developed by the University of Exeter in a user-friendly interface. The tool assesses the value of ecosystem services relating to agriculture, recreation, forestry, carbon emissions, biodiversity and water quantity/quality. Users will be able to change model parameters to so as to inform particular decisions they are involved in. NEVO has been funded by Defra. The webinar will be presented by Prof. Brett Day of the University of Exeter. Register online.


We are currently working on developing more webinars for 2018 - keep an eye on this page for dates and topics. If you are not currently a member of the Ecosystems Knowledge Network do join us to receive our regular e-news including notifications of upcoming webinars.


See our listing of previous webinars, with links to recordings.