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


Tools for Planning and Evaluating Urban Green Infrastructure: Bicester and Beyond

Wednesday 27th June 2018, 1 to 2pm

There is a vast range of tools on offer to help planners and practitioners assess and plan green infrastructure. It is not always obvious, however, which ones are best to address different questions. A NERC-funded project tested a range of existing simple tools for planning green infrastructure in the rapidly expanding town of Bicester in Oxfordshire. Jenny Barker (Bicester Delivery Manager, Cherwell District Council) and Alison Smith (Senior Research Associate, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford) will demonstrate how they have applied eight complementary tools and methods: Land-cover scoring, participatory mapping, ANGsT, NCPT, BEETLE, iTree, GI-Val and ORVal. They will discuss how these tools can be applied during the planning process, and for monitoring and maintaining green infrastructure. Register here.


Outdoor Recreation Valuation Tool for England and Wales

Wednesday 28th June 2018, 1 to 2pm

ORVal 2.0 is a major update of the Outdoor Recreation Valuation tool developed by the LEEP Institute at the University of Exeter with support from Defra. The model's recreation estimates have been extended to Wales and make use of the OS greenspace map. In this webinar, the team that built the ORVal 2.0 tool will describe and demonstrate the new functionality and answer questions about the tool and its application to recreation valuation problems. Register here.


Natural Environment Valuation Online (NEVO): a web-based tool for natural capital management

Wednesday 31st October 2018, 1 to 2 pm

The upcoming NEVO tool will be a map-based decision support website for natural capital in England and Wales. Users of NEVO will be able to interact with state-of-the-art environmental and economic models developed by the University of Exeter in a user-friendly interface. A range of outputs for ecosystem services including agriculture, recreation, forestry, carbon emissions, biodiversity and water quantity/quality will be able to be explored, and users will be able to change model parameters to enable decision making in real time.


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.