Webinars

The Ecosystems Knowledge Network runs webinars to share good practice, new tools and resources around the UK. These are one of our most popular services, serving many who otherwise could not access this type of learning opportunity due to budget or travel restrictions.

We have the experience of running over 75 webinars. For recordings of selected events that have already taken place, see our webinar library

We also run the Natural Capital Finance & Investment Forum, a popular subscription service that includes webinars on the topic of financing environmental restoration. 

Upcoming webinars

Special series: Insight into Action

This free series is planned in the run-up to our Accelerating Woodland Creation & Management Conference (26th & 27th May 2021)

Finding the right place for tree planting at scale

19th April 11:30am-12:30 pm

In 2019, the Committee for Climate Change commissioned a study to investigate whether the tree planting ambition of 152,000 ha in Wales was feasible given the changing climate and ecological and soil suitability. In this webinar, we hear from data analysts at Environment Systems how the trees, soil and climatic conditions were modelled together. The findings show changes in the extent and distribution of land suitable for growing trees in Wales by 2080. The findings have implications for how woodland creation targets are met in the context of competing land uses, such as agriculture and energy generation. The webinar will explore how this type of climate future analysis can help when considering long-living tree crops. Register here.

The carbon mitigation outcomes of different forest systems and timber product uses

20th April 11.30am-12.30pm

Climate concern is a major driving force for afforestation and woodland creation in the UK. Despite this, there is little evidence supporting decision-making on species selection and forest management for optimising the climate change mitigation potential of new forests. Similarly, the ways in which harvested timber is used can have a major impact and little is known of its relative importance. In this webinar, Eilidh Forster will shed light on this crucial topic through her examination of different forestry value chains: varying conifer : broadleaf composition, harvesting and timber uses. Eilidh is an independent expert in life cycle assessment who has been undertaking doctoral research at the University of Bangor in association with Wood Knowledge Wales. Join this webinar to discover her analysis of UK national planting scenarios and discuss the implications for both public policy, and forestry and woodland project delivery. Register here.

Natural climate solutions and the rising price of carbon

21st April 11.30am-12.30pm

This webinar is generously supported by Forest Carbon Ltd, a leader in developing woodland creation and peatland restoration projects for carbon capture and ecosystem services.

One thing the current global pandemic hasn’t dampened is a growing interest in natural climate solutions. Throughout 2020 demand for carbon products soared, and momentum is set to build further in 2021 as proactive businesses continue to address their impact by setting 'carbon neutral' and 'net zero' targets. Voluntary carbon markets are in the spotlight as a result, with the UK’s woodland and peatland-derived carbon credits transacting at higher prices than ever before. But even as prices rise price expectations are rising faster, leading to market uncertainty. In this webinar, Forest Carbon and Natural Capital Partners will bring the buyer's perspective to bear on the UK’s voluntary carbon market. Between them, they will explore what carbon buyers are looking for in this market, the advantages and drawbacks of UK-derived carbon, and why some projects command a price-premium on the carbon they offer. Register here.

Our next regular Ecosystems Knowledge Network webinar

Every month of the year we run free webinars featuring tools and projects from around the UK

Launch of the Environment Agency's Natural Capital Register and account tool
(1 to 2 pm, 29th April 2021)

The Environment Agency has created a natural capital register and account tool which allows the user to create an account within days and for free. In this webinar the team that developed the tool will share what that looks like and how it is being used.
As reflected in the Dasgupta Review, nature is the foundation of our economy, health and wellbeing, and yet is often valued as zero and invisible in decision making. A natural capital register and account presents the value, quantity and quality of natural resources in a place. The outputs can change the way we see the environment and the value it gives to our lives and the economy, as well as helping to monitor net gain, or net loss, of natural assets.
The tool aims to empower others to take a natural capital approach in a robust and consistent way, while promoting collaboration and engagement. The tool is a beta-product to further the discussion on accounting, what metrics to use and how to present the data. Register here.

Additional webinars are being planned for 2021. Our members will be the first to hear. Join the Network for free.

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

 

 

Climate concern is a major driving force for afforestation and woodland creation in the UK. Despite this, there is little evidence supporting decision-making on species selection and forest management for optimising the climate change mitigation potential of new forests. Similarly, the ways in which harvested timber is used can have a major impact and little is known of its relative importance. In this webinar, Eilidh Forster will shed light on this crucial topic through her examination of different forestry value chains: varying conifer : broadleaf composition, harvesting and timber uses. Eilidh is an independent expert in life cycle assessment who has been undertaking doctoral research at the University of Bangor in association with Wood Knowledge Wales. Join this webinar to discover her analysis of UK national planting scenarios and discuss the implications for both public policy, and forestry and woodland project delivery.