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A tour of the Natural Capital Laboratory - trialing new approaches to measuring, valuing, and communicating environmental and social change - 19th September 2019. 

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The Highlands of Scotland is home to a 100 acre 'rewilding' project to restore the Ancient Caledonian forest, reintroduce lost species, and reconnect people with the environment. In order to measure the impact of the rewilding process, a brand new Natural Capital Laboratory is being set up. Join this webinar to hear how it is trialing new approaches to data collection and how it will work with land owners and others with a stake in the natural environment of this part of Scotland. The Laboratory is making use of technologies such as robotics, AI, and drones to quantify and value the environmental and social change associated with rewilding. The work includes a set of natural and social capital accounts, as well as the development of new ways communicating findings through virtual reality and online platforms. The webinar will present a digital natural capital account and a discussion of how biodiversity can be integrated into accounts. Speakers include Erin Gianferrara and Jess Wood from AECOM, Emilia Leese the landowner, and Prof. Ian Convery from The Lifescape Project and University of Cumbria. 

Improving Wellbeing through Urban Nature: Research into Practice - 1st July 2019

This webinar presented a summary of findings from the IWUN (Improving Wellbeing through Urban Nature) research project, led by researchers at the Department of Landscape Architecture at the University of Sheffield. This webinar called on the five strands of research to describe some of the findings: an epidemiological analysis of links between greenspace and health, in-depth interviews and workshops exploring people’s connectedness with nature, a smartphone app developed to see if people feel better when noticing good things in their environment, interviews with professionals and community groups to identify interventions to increase wellbeing and a cost-utility analysis of selected interventions. In the webinar Dr Jo Birch and Dr Nicola Dempsey discussed the findings and their implications as well as how they can be used to help stakeholders better incorporate nature into their decision-making processes.

The local air pollutant removal value of trees in the UK - 12th June 2019

This webinar launched an online tool giving access to new data on the value of air pollutant removal by trees in each local authority area in the UK. The tool allows users to explore the change in value from new woodland, or removal of existing woodland. Trees remove air pollution, and this has health benefits to society that can be valued. Values vary due to levels of pollution, population density, and other factors. Modelling of these factors by Economics for the Environment Consultancy (eftec) and Centre for Ecology and Hydrology has produced new local data on the value of the health benefits. The webinar will describe how the data were generated, and how they can be used to help decision-makers understand the value of the trees to people.

Access the tool here: https://shiny-apps.ceh.ac.uk/pollutionremoval/

Testing Natural England’s Natural Capital Indicators nationally and locally to produce a Natural Capital Atlas - 4th June 2019

Natural England’s natural capital indicators are designed to inform our understanding of the state of our natural capital assets to ensure the continued or enhanced provision of ecosystem services and benefits to people. They relate specifically to the quantity, quality and location of natural assets and the ecosystem services that flow from them. This webinar presents the outcomes and learning from recently completed projects to test the indicators at a national and local scale in both the terrestrial and marine environment. Testing included matching datasets to indicators and identifying gaps, producing mapped and tabulated outputs that are easily understood in the form of a natural capital atlas and creating a GIS template that could easily be applied in other places. The transferability of the approach at different scales will be highlighted to enable participants to consider how easily the indicators could be applied in their place. 

Natural England’s Natural Capital Indicators: defining and measuring change in natural capital - 16th May 2019

Enhancing natural capital is core to HM Government's 25 Year Environment Plan but how do we assess how it is changing?  In 2018, Natural England published a set of Natural Capital Indicators for defining and measuring change in the state of the environment. It identifies the key environmental properties underpinning a wide range of ecosystem services essential for human well-being. Focusing on ecosystem assets, as an early-warning system for change, this work also sign-posts data sets for measuring the indicators, as well as data gaps.  Join the webinar to hear more about this innovative work and its practical application.

Please note that this webinar was recorded after the initial presentation due to technical difficulties and hence the questions and answers are not included within this recording.

The Eco-metric Approach - 30th April 2019

HM Government's 25 Year Environment Plan highlights the opportunity to expand the net gain approaches used for biodiversity to include wider natural capital benefits. The Eco-metric Approach being developed for measuring gains and losses in natural capital services and functions for people and places resulting from habitat change. This work is being led by Natural England. Biodiversity net gain is a pre-requisite of applying the approach. The approach recognises that healthy, diverse and resilient ecosystems are essential to underpin the delivery of a wide range of services and long term natural capital benefits for people and places, such as flood protection, recreation and improved water and air quality.

Making better Policies and Plans for Green Infrastructure: A self assessment tool - 25th March 2019

In order to integrate local planning processes with environment policy throughout the UK new ways of working are required. While some local development plans demonstrate best practice in integrating the environment into all parts of this process, new tools are required. In this webinar Prof. Alister Scott (University of Northumbria) and Max Hislop (Glasgow and Clyde Valley Green Network Partnership) will discuss a self-assessment checklist, designed to equip planners and other professionals to make better policies and plans involving green infrastructure.

Nature-based solutions modelling: Quantifying natural flood management, carbon and nutrients in the Wyre - 12th March 2019

Following on from the session at the Natural Capital Investment Conference 'Natural flood management and the insurance industry' Angus Middleton introduced Viridian Logic’s HydroloGIS model, showing how it can identify and prioritise actions across a catchment to improve water-related ecosystem services. He described in detail work carried out in the Wyre catchment, linking natural flood management (NFM) to property level flood protection measures, as well as reducing diffuse pollution and capturing carbon. Using the most effective NFM was shown to save all homes from flooding during a 1 in 50 year event, which is likely to save around £11 million over 30 years.


Business attitudes towards funding ecosystem services provided by urban forests - 31st January 2019

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.

Natural Environment Valuation Online: a web-based tool for natural capital and the sustainable management of natural resources - Wed 31st October 2018

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 was presented by Prof. Brett Day and Dr. Nathan Owen of the University of Exeter.


Using natural capital approaches to improve integrated decision-making - Wednesday 3rd October 2018

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

Natural capital approaches are ways to improve the environment by considering the relationships between natural assets, the services they support and the benefits derived from them. They involve new dialogue and relationships between the diverse array of organisations with interests in the quality of our environment. This webinar provided an opportunity to discuss how natural capital approaches are being used to engage new partners in decisions about areas of land and water. Paul Walton, Head of Environment and Rural Economy at the New Forest National Park Authority spoke about the Green Halo Partnership, an initiative that is working beyond the boundaries of the New Forest National Park to integrate nature and the natural environment with a thriving, economically successful community. Paul Leinster Chair of the Bedfordshire Local Nature Partnership discussed the challenges of getting the environment and natural capital investment recognised as material and improtant issues within the governance and delivery aspects of the Oxford - Milton Keynes - Cambridge Growth Corridor. 

An environment for investment, productivity and inclusive growth - 13th September 2018

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

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 provided insight into how Local Nature Partnerships and other local environmental initiatives in England can work more effectively to support strategic economic development initiatives. 

Natural capital accounting and the historic environment - Thursday 27th September 2018

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 were Patricia Rice (Natural England), Hannah Fluck & Adala Leeson (Historic England) and Teresa Fenn & Elizabeth Daly (Risk & Policy Analysts Ltd). 


Opportunities for connecting health and the environment - 5th July 2018

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

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The environment plays a large role in supporting health and wellbeing. This webinar featured two examples of work that puts partnership working for health and the environment into practice. Dr James Szymankiewicz, GP and Chair of Devon Local Nature Partnership, spoke about his experiences helping communities reconnect with the natural world to benefit people and the environment. Mark Fishpool, Director of Middlesbrough Environment City also presented. Middlesbrough Environment City works with over 150 local partners to achieve 'One Planet Living' to ensure a sustainable future and maintain quality of life for all.

The webinar was designed stimulate discussion of opportunities for the public, private and third sector to play their part in connecting health and environment. It explored how health can be supported and the Government's 25 Year Environment Plan can be implemented within local communities.

Chaired by Dave Powell of the New Economics Foundation.


Opportunities for involving local communities in managing their environment and place-making - 3rd July 2018

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

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This webinar featured two examples of work to build the capacity of local communities to manage environments in ways that make them resilient, healthy and prosperous. Jenny Phelps of the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group spoke about how the Integrated Local Delivery approach uses the detailed knowledge of farmers and local residents to identify environmental concerns and find joined-up ways of meeting multiple objectives. Paul Cobbing of the National Flood Forum discussed the work that local flood groups are doing to develop natural flood management methods in partnership with flood authorities and local landowners.

The webinar had the purpose of stimulating discussion of opportunities for the public, private and third sector to play their part in connecting people, place and environment in 2019 and beyond. This includes how local community action can be a catalyst for mobilising resources to deliver environmental and social benefits in the context of the Government's 25 Year Environment Plan.

Chaired by Clare Twigger-Ross of Collingwood Environmental Planning.

Outdoor Recreation Valuation Tool for England and Wales - 28th June 2018

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, Prof Brett Day from the team that built the ORVal 2.0 tool describes the new functionality and answers questions about the tool and its application to recreation valuation problems. Graham Rusling from Kent County Council explains how he has used it in his organisation.

Tools for Planning and Evaluating Urban Green Infrastructure: Bicester and Beyond - 27th June 2018

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. In this webinar, Jenny Barker (Bicester Delivery Manager, Cherwell District Council) and Alison Smith (Senior Research Associate, Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford) discussed how they have applied eight complementary tools and methods: Land-cover scoring, participatory mapping, ANGsT, NCPT, BEETLE, iTree, GI-Val and ORVal. They explained how these tools can be applied during the planning process, and for monitoring and maintaining green infrastructure. 

Natural capital assessment in practice: delivering net gain - Tresham Garden Village in Northamptonshire - 24th May 2018

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Natural Capital Solutions have completed a natural capital and ecosystem services impact assessment of a proposed new garden village at Tresham, Northamptonshire. The assessment used a spatial mapping approahc to compare ecosystem services delivered by the site before and after the proposed construciton. The masterplan delivered a net increase in ecosystem services, and the ways in which benefits could be increased further were discussed at a stakeholder workshop. This project raised awareness of the ecosystem services assessment process, determined priorities, and engaged participants in exercises to adjust site design to enhance the overall provision of ecosystem services.

Natural capital assessment in practice: ecosystem service mapping in the Severn Estuary - 22nd May 2018

Ecosystem Service Mapping in the Severn Estuary and Bristol Channel from Ecosystems Knowledge Network on Vimeo.

The Ecosystem Service Mapping in the Severn Estuary and Inner Bristol Channel project was presented by Dr Matthew Ashley of Plymouth University and Dr Tara Hooper of Plymouth Marine Laboratory. This project explored methods for the assessment and mapping of five ecosystem services within the Severn estuary and Bristol Channel. The identification of ecosystem 'hotspots' provided developers and regulators with an insight into the importance of particular sites. This project provides a baseline to examine future benefits and dis-benefits from development.


Measuring net gain in natural capital and ecosystem services - the eco-metric approach - 15th March 2018

Measuring net gain in natural capital and ecosystem services - the eco-metric approach from Ecosystems Knowledge Network on Vimeo.

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. 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 were Clare Warburton (Natural England) and Alison Smith (University of Oxford).

Integrated environmental management: fulfilling the UK's international obligations - 30th November 2017

The UK is a party to the international Convention on Biological Diversity. In 1995, the ecosystem approach was adopted as the primary framework for implementation of the Convention. Jurisdictions within the UK have responded to the existence of the ecosystem approach in varying ways. What do these responses say about the approaches to, and aspirations for, programmes of integrated environmental management across the UK? This webinar addressed these and other related questions and sought to understand how the ecosystem approach can survive and thrive in changing times. It was presented by Nick Kirsop-Taylor, a Researcher at the University of Exeter's Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute.

Sustainable intensification at the landscape scale: an introduction to the Landscape Typology Tool - 2nd November 2017

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Managing farmland to increase farm output and competitiveness, whilst protecting the countryside and enhancing environment and social benefits defines the work of the Sustainable Intensification Research Platform. Funded by Defra and the Welsh Government, the Platform has produced a tool to assist in planning and decision making for Sustainable Intensification at the landscape-scale. In this webinar, which launched the Tool nationally, Prof Michael Winter of the University of Exeter and Prof Jack Cosby of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology provided an introduction to the tool and its varied capabilities and applications. The webinar was Chaired by Siobhan Sherry from Defra. This event was co-hosted by the Ecosystems Knowledge Network with the Sustainable Intensification Research Network.

A practical guide to measuring and valuing the natural environment as a way of improving population health - 26th October 2017

The evidence base for the positive relationship between engagement with the natural outdoors and people's health continues to strengthen. Turning this knowledge into funded programmes and partnerships that deliver better health for individuals and communities remains a significant hurdle. An important part of this is constructing a convincing economic case that will be understood by organisations at the core of the health system. In this webinar, Prof Rhiannon Tudor Edwards from Bangor University, introduced the components of an economic case for addressing health priorities through environmental programmes. Adams Koshy from eftec (the Economics for the Environment Consultancy) provided his perspective and examples on how the value of health outcomes is integrated into the broader economic case for enhancing natural assets.

Applying the natural capital and ecosystem service concepts – a test case from Scotland - 28th September 2017

The Cairngorms National Park in Scotland was recently the location of a test case for an EU-funded research project on the application of the natural capital and ecosystem service concepts (http://www.openness-project.eu). The test case focused on two scales (whole park and Glenlivet Estate within the park). Three methods were tested to understand the recreational use of the area and calculate the value of recreational use to Glenlivet Estate residents. This webinar presents the perspective of the Cairngorms National Park Authority on the work conducted. It will also summarise the results from an evaluation by nearly 250  stakeholders of the work conducted across the 27 case studies around the world. The stakeholders highlight the advantages and disadvantages of the natural capital and ecosystem service concepts from their perspectives.

Speakers: Dr. Jan Dick (Centre for Ecology and Hydrology) and Adam Streeter-Smith (Cairngorms National Park Authority).

An introduction to participatory land use planning: making it work for people and the environment - 13th July 2017

Participatory land use planning is an internationally-recognised approach to making decisions about how land, water and natural resources are managed and used. It has significant implications for those involved in managing environmental assets in the UK. The UN Sustainable Development Goals reinforce the need for it to be applied. In this webinar, Peter Phillips and Bill Sheate from Collingwood Environmental Planning introduce this topic. They draw on work they have undertaken for The Pentland Hills Regional Park, commissioned by Scottish Natural Heritage.

Valuing public benefits from land: the case of Silverdale Country Park - 25th May 2017

In 2016, the Land Trust and Interserve Consulting collaborated to undertake an ecosystem service and natural capital valuation for Silverdale Country Park. This 83 hectare former colliery site in Staffordshire is managed by the Land Trust in partnership with Groundwork West Midlands. The aim of the project was to understand and communicate the wider economic benefits of the habitat and biodiversity within the site that are often not considered, or valued as “free”. The valuation made use of Interserve Consulting's Natural Capital Valuation Tool, mapping the ecosystem services provided by the Land Trust’s site and performing physical and monetary natural capital assessment based on this. The work highlights the wider environmental and knock-on social values of the site, and makes clear the wider intrinsic return on investment from the establishment of public facilities such as this. The seminar was be delivered by Alex Saponja of Interserve Consulting with Sarah Williams of the Land Trust.

Trialling approaches to the Sustainable Management of Natural Resources in Wales - 27th April 2017

Presentations now available - see links below. A recording will be available in May 2017.

In 2014, Natural Resources Wales (NRW) initiated trials in three localities in Wales to test and develop new approaches for carrying out area-based natural resource management planning. The three trials were designed to test the practical application of Wales’ new legislation, the Environment Act (Wales, 2016). They were focused on engagement with local organisations and communities to understand how the natural environment can be managed to support wellbeing and prosperity. This webinar began with a presentation of the key elements of the Tawe trial (encompassing Swansea) by Patrick Green. This was followed by a presentation of the lessons learned from the trials in the Rhonda and Dyfi, by Patrick Green. Both presenters are Senior Environment Planning Officers at Natural Resources Wales.

Understanding the social distribution of ecosystem services in England - 30th March 2017

A presentation of work by Karen Mullin, Dr Gordon Mitchell and Dr Rizwan Nawaz (University of Leeds) and Dr Ruth Waters (Natural England).

As a signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Government in the UK is committed to the ecosystem approach. The ecosystem approach requires equitable management of the natural environment. Despite this, our knowledge of who benefits from ecosystem services (what nature does for people) is very limited. This webinar will presented the findings so far from research that aims to better understand how ecosystem services are socially distributed in England.  See the listing of resources in support of this webinar.

Assessing natural capital and ecosystem services. The case of the Nene Valley - 1st December 2016

The River Nene catchment, stretching across most of Northamptonshire and Peterborough, is expected to see many new housing and other built development projects over the coming decades. In association with partners in the public and third sector, the University of Northampton and Natural Capital Solutions has been undertaking a project to increase understanding of the inter-dependencies between the natural environment, people and the economy in this area. The aim was to help planners and decision makers in the area protect, enhance and restore the natural environment for the benefit of both people and wildlife.  Detailed maps of the capacity and demand for 11 ecosystem services were created. Economic assessment of a sub-set of ecosystem services was also undertaken, leading to an estimate of £1,769 per hectare per year across the whole area.  In this webinar, Project Lead Dr. Jim Rouquette explained the analysis undertaken and what this might mean for strategic decisions for this part of England. He will discuss the depth and rigour of analysis that should underpin the emerging array of ‘natural capital investment plans’. Andra Stopforth, Principal Planning Policy Officer at East Northamptonshire Council provided comment on how the assessment is expected to inform strategic decisions in the area.


ORVal - the outdoor recreation valuation tool - 27th October

ORVal is for the analysis in mapping and valuing recreational sites and develops the framework for the tool in which further improvements can be added over the longer-term. It is being developed by the The Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute at the University of Exeter. The proto-type version was produced with support from Defra and launched in September 2016. It currently covers all of England - see http://leep.exeter.ac.uk/orval/  The ORVal tool is intended for use by a wide variety of organisations interested in understanding and communicating the value of natural outdoor spaces in urban and rural areas. In this webinar, ORVal project leader Prof Brett Day explained how the tool works and some of the case studies of where it had been used. 


Topic introduction - Incorporating ecosystem services into environmental assessment - 7th October 2016

Ecosystem services are becoming increasingly prominent as a framework for linking the environment and people’s well-being. There is strong interest in what ecosystem services mean for processes such as Environmental Impact Assessment, Strategic Environmental Assessment and Sustainability Appraisal. One key difference is the framing of the natural environment as an opportunity or benefit as opposed to a constraint or backdrop to absorb impacts. This webinar by Dr Bill Sheate of Collingwood Environmental Planning introduced the topic, pointing to some of the resources and examples available.

Topic introduction - Mapping the connection between the environment and people’s needs - 6th October 2016

Describing the positive relationship between the environment and people can be challenging. Maps of ecosystem services can be useful starting points for dialogue about this topic, identifying opportunities for action and investment.  This webinar will introduce the growing field of ecosystem service mapping, highlighting some of the tools available to do this. It will be presented by Bruce Howard, Co-ordinator of the Ecosystems Knowledge Network

Topic introduction - Natural capital accounting at the local and landscape scale - 6th October 2016).

Organisations typically assess the value of their assets through conventional financial accounting processes, including balance sheets and profit and loss accounts. This basic information underpins decisions about investment and how best to manage risks. Most of the benefits arising from natural capital do not appear in these accounts. In response, a framework for corporate natural capital accounting has been developed by eftec for the UK Natural Capital Committee. Accounts are being produced for discrete areas of land such as public parks and private estates. In this webinar, Sarah Krisht and Philip Cryle from environmental economics consultancy eftec will introduce some of the innovative local and landscape-scale natural capital accounting work they have been involved in to date.


Topic introduction - Addressing local health priorities through improved access to nature - 5th October 2016

The natural environment has always been part of the health service, preventing ill-health and helping people to address health problems once they have arisen. While the evidence for the health benefits of access to the natural outdoors is strong, practical action in response to this remains very patchy. Long-lasting outcome-oriented partnerships between organisations in the environmental sector and those working at the core of the health system are only just beginning to emerge. This webinar will examine a range of possible responses to this challenge. It will be presented by Rachel Stancliffe, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare.

Topic introduction - Payments for ecosystem services: from concept to reality - 5th October 2016

Payments for ecosystem services (PES) is a term used to describe a range of schemes through which the beneficiaries, or users, of ecosystem services voluntarily provide payment to the stewards, or providers of those services. The beneficiaries may be individuals, communities, businesses or public bodies. While there is substantial experience of PES outside Europe, the approach remains relatively uncommon in Europe. This webinar will take stock of progress and discuss how the PES concept might be applied in a European context. It was presented by Steve Smith; Technical Director at Aecom and lead author of several major reports on PES.


Applying the Natural Capital Protocol - 3rd October 2016

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The Natural Capital Protocol is a global standardised framework designed to help generate trusted, credible, and actionable information to inform decisions. It was produced through a collaboration brought together through the Natural Capital Coalition and has already been piloted by over 50 businesses. In this webinar, Mark Gough, Executive Director of the Natural Capital Coalition provided an overview of the Natural Capital Protocol and associated sector guides. Gordon Rogers from Yorkshire Water describes piloting of the Protocol at the Rivelin Water Treatment Works.


Embedding ecosystem services in the South Downs Local Plan - 29th September 2016

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In this webinar Chris Fairbrother (South Downs National Park Authority) shared how the South Downs National Park has embedded ecosystem services in it's Local Plan, and has used the Outcome 1C self assessment process to understand how they are applying the ecosystem approach.  Professor Alister Scott (Birmingham City University) also looked at what the South Downs example offers in terms of wider mainstreaming of the ecosystem approach in planning. 


Learning from the UK’s Biosphere Reserves - 14th July 2016

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UNESCO's Man and the Biosphere Programme was initiated in 1972 and some would say it was the grandfather of landscape scale approaches and was ahead of its time. The UK now has five fully functioning Biosphere Reserves. Andy Bell, who established the UK's first modern style Biosphere Reserve, presented examples from the Man and the Biosphere Programme in the UK and described how the reserves are connecting people and nature at the landscape scale in a wholly integrated way. 


A Participatory GIS tool for Morecambe Bay, 1st July 2016

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Marion Frandsen (ADAS) and Hugh Inwood (The Research Box) introduced the Participatory GIS tool that they developed with Natural England. This tool captures public perceptions about the natural environment, specifically the cultural ecosystem services that people derive from the environment. Marion and Hugh discussed how they developed the tool for use in the Morcambe Bay area and how it captured information about places that are considered important or valuable. 


Valuing ecosystem services in an urban oasis: Camley Street Nature Park, 26th May 2016

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Claire Wansbury and Monica Barker from Atkins presented their economic valuation of the Camley Street Nature Park.  The ecosystem services of this small pocket of greenery near King's Cross in central London were estimated to be worth £2.8 million per year.  In this webinar, Claire and Monica talk us through the valuation and the ecosystem services provided by the park.  


Project Showcase, 31st March 2016

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The project showcase presented three projects across the UK that are applying the ecosystem approach in their work:

  • Tweed Forum
  • West of England Nature Partnership
  • Durham Heritage Coast

The showcase gave participants the chance to learn about what these projects are doing, who they're working with, and how they have found the experience.   


Tool Assessor Focus Groups, 7th & 9th March 2016

Managing river catchments and rural landscapes, 7th March 2016

This focus group featured a presentation by Dr. Jim Rouquette (University of Northampton) on the use of the EcoServ-GIS tool in the Nene Valley, Northamptonshire.  

Making the case for natural features in urban areas, 9th March 2016

This focus group featured a presentation by Kenton Rodgers (Treeconomics) on the i-Tree Eco study for London, published in 2015.  

Tools for the Job, 25th February 2016

This webinar focused on tools that capture environmental information such as ecosystem services, green infrastructure and natural capital.  Two tools were presented, followed by a consultation on the new 'Tool Assessor' resource being developed by the Ecosystems Knowledge Network.  Pat Laughlin from the UK Business Council for Sustainable Development presented the Natural Capital Planning Tool (NCPT); and Neil Parker from Environment Systems presented the SENCE tool.  Bruce Howard from the Ecosystems Knowledge Network introduced the Tool Assessor consultation, where we asked people what they need from tools and how they would help them in their work.  

i-Tree Eco - The Benefits of Urban Trees, 26th November 2015

i-Tree is a software suite that provides an analysis of the benefits of tree cover in and around the built environment. In this webinar Kenton Rogers (Treeconomics) and Kieron Doick (Forest Research) described one of the tools in the i-Tree suite, 'i-Tree Eco', which has been used in the UK.  They discussed why it's important and who is using it. 

Turning Liability into Assets - National Grid landholdings, 29th October 2015

This event focused on how the National Grid has reconsidered its land holdings and turned what was considered a liability into an asset. Chris Plester (National Grid) and Chris White (AECOM) presented the approach taken at the Thorpe Marsh National Grid site in South Yorkshire. An ecosystem service assessment was used to value the 'natural capital' of the site which led to the business case being made for investment in the natural environment and community engagement, leading to environmental and social benefits. Chris Plester discussed the partnership with Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, and how it was possible to identify and deliver shared objectives and value for National Grid and others. Chris White provided an overview of the ecosystem service assessment and how the valuation tool was created that was used to build the business case.

The business of working with business, 1st October 2015

With a resident population of 1.1 million and statistics showing an output of around £30 billion, Surrey is a big player in the economy of England and beyond.  Surrey Connects at Surrey County Council, responsible for driving economic development for the county, recognises that the ambitions for further growth must start with making the most of the potential of people, land, space and technology.  Surrey Nature Partnership is taking a leading role in demonstrating the value of the counties natural assets so as to bring about smart economic growth that conforms with the principles of sustainable development. One way in which it is doing this is by engaging Surrey-based businesses in a greater recognition of what nature does for their operations, and for all the people of the county. In this webinar, the Partnerships Director, Sarah Jane Chimbwandira, explained progress in engaging businesses in the county to date. She shared insights into how local nature-based initiatives can develop working relationships with individual businesses, helping them to play a positive part in the broader challenge of ensuring the ecosystem approach is applied for the benefit of all. 

Aberdeenshire Land Use Strategy Pilot, 30th July 2015

James Davidson (Aberdeenshire Council) and Justin Irvine (James Hutton Institute) introduced the Aberdeenshire Land Use Strategy Pilot project.  James started by presenting the background to the pilot project, which was a regional trial to test the application of the Scottish Land Use Strategy.  Justin then presented the web based interactive tool produced as part of the project, which can be used as an aid to decision making.

Good grounds: making the case for nature locally and nationally, 25th June 2015

Dr Pam Berry introduced the findings from the BESAFE Project, a three year research programme funded by the European Commission that has investigated the range of arguments that people use in favour of protecting and restoring 'biodiversity'. Dr Berry, a senior staff member at Oxford University's Environmental Change Institute, has been one of a network of BESAFE researchers on the topic across Europe. Participants learned about the range of arguments in circulation and the contexts in which some work better than others. 

What do the public make of the ecosystem approach? 5th March 2015

The recording from this event is not available, but the reports from the project have now been published (June 2015)

Over 2014 Exeter University conducted a dialogue process to open up the methods, analyses and recommendations of the UK NEA and its follow-on work to public debate and scrutiny. The dialogue has been run in partnership with the Natural Environment Research Council, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Sciencewise, the UK’s national centre for dialogue in policy involving science and technology issues. This Ecosystems Knowledge Network webinar provided an overview of the key messages.

Local nature and local growth webinar, 15th July 2014.

Two important types of local partnership have emerged in England in recent years: Local Nature Partnerships and Local Enterprise Partnerships. There is growing evidence for how the natural environment underpins economic growth and contributes to people’s well being. Wild Anglia – the Local Nature Partnership for Suffolk and Norfolk – and New Anglia - the counterpart Local Enterprise Partnership – have taken the initiative to work together. Both were chosen to test the Local Environment and Economic Development Toolkit, developed by Natural England. The webinar showed how this co-working came about and how aids such as LEED can help.

Engaging with the valuation challenge, 11th February 2013

This webinar explored practical approaches to valuation at the local level. It was co-organised with NERC’s Valuing Nature Network.

Environment and health, 30th November 2012

This webinar shared learning from three projects that have made progress with managing natural outdoor spaces to deliver health benefits. 

Classifying ecosystem services webinar, 19th October 2012