The Network runs a popular series of webinars to share good practice, new tools and resources developed around the UK.
For recordings of selected events that have already taken place, see our webinar library.
Business attitudes towards funding ecosystem services provided by urban forests
Thursday 31st January 2019, 1 to 2 pm
Urban trees and woodlands provide a wide range of benefits to society, for example, moderation of urban heat islands, and improved mental health and wellbeing. Despite this, local government budgets for tree planting and maintenance have declined in many cities throughout the world. This study aimed to find out whether business are willing to finance tree planting via a payments for ecosystem services (PES) scheme. Semi-structured interviews were carried out with 30 businesses of varying sizes and sectors, operating in Southampton, UK. Respondents thought a public-private partnership would be feasible, with a focus on voluntary payments towards enhancing air quality, reducing flood risk, and improving aesthetics. Respondents would prefer to choose from a list of location-specific, cost-effective, monitored projects to fund directly, for marketing and/or corporate social responsibility purposes. To facilitate business funding of urban green infrastructure, clear communication of the expected environmental benefits and a strong business case are required, drawing on the experience of similar initiatives. From our findings, we recommend the piloting and analysis of such PES schemes. Register here.
Building the foundations of a restoration economy - raising investment for habitat banks
15th January 2019, 1 to 2 pm
In November 2018, the Institute of Economic Affairs published its report on the effect of innovation in agriculture on the environment. This included consideration of investment in the natural environment. It identified mechanisms such as green bonds and impact investment as ways forward. In this webinar, one of the reports authors, Professor David Hill, will discuss ways of raising investment to establish habitat banks from which are yielded conservation credits sold to developers to offset their biodiversity impacts and deliver biodiversity net gain. Professor Hill will explain how habitat banks are an important foundation for restoring natural capital across the UK. He will identify other sources of investment and revenue that can be introduced once habitat banks are established.
Prof Hill's roles include Chair of the Northern Upland Chain Nature Partnership, Founder and Chairman of the Environment Bank and Chairman of the conservation NGO Plantlife International. He was a member of HM Government's Ecosystem Markets Task Force during its period of operation in 2011 and 2013. He was a member of the Board of Natural England and the Joint Nature Conservation Committee between 2006 - 2016 and Natural England’s deputy chair from 2011-2016. He is also Board Trustee of the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and a Commissioner with the Food Farming and Countryside Commission.
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See our listing of previous webinars, with links to selected recordings.