The Network runs a popular series of webinars to share good practice, new tools and resources developed around the UK. They are generally held on the last Thursday of each month at 1 pm. 


Measuring net gain in natural capital and ecosystem services - the eco-metric approach

Thursday 15th March 2018, 1 - 2pm

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The 25 Year Environment Plan announced by the Prime Minister on 11th January included the ambition to "expand the net gain approaches used for biodiversity to include wider natural capital benefits, such as flood protection, recreation and improved water and air quality."

Within this context, Natural England is developing an extension to the Defra biodiversity metric. This will capture the wider benefits of land-use change on natural capital and the delivery of ecosystem services.  The new ‘eco-metric’ will be designed for use by developers, planners, and environmental organisations. It could help in choosing between different net gain options, and could help developers to make the business case for adopting net gain ambitions. A project led by Oxford University is currently assessing the feasibility of developing a pilot tool for testing in 2018/2019.

This webinar is an opportunity for potential users of the eco-metric to learn more about its development and provide feedback on the approach. It will be of interest to developers, infrastructure businesses, environmental organisations, planners and land managers.

The presenters are Clare Warburton, Principal Advisor on Green Infrastructure (Natural England) and Alison Smith of the Environmental Change Institute (University of Oxford). Alison Smith is manager of a project to assist Natural England in its work to develop the approach. Following the presentations, Clare Warburton, Alison Smith and Nick White (Senior Advisor, Net Gain and Green Infrastructure, Natural England) will form a panel address questions and comments.



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