Webinar library

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Note that the listing below covers our general public webinars. Click here if you have been granted to the Accelerating Woodland Creation pre-conference webinars or here if you wish to view the video introduction to Defra's Enabling a Natural Capital Approach resource.

Place-making & a strategic view of nature - January 2022

The 25 Year Environment Plan for England encourages local organisations involved in the stewardship of land, water and nature to adopt a natural capital approach. This includes a shared understanding of how the natural environment in any one locality supports the needs and aspirations of those who live and work there. At the same time, there is a growing recognition of the importance of places and landscapes in people’s lives. These webinars provided insight into initiative that have been working to create a common understanding of place through natural capital evidence. They also included an introduction to Natural England's Natural Capital Evidence Handbook

Session 1 (13th January 2022)

With Dr. Colm Bowe of Liverpool John Moores University and Maria Clarke of Dorset Local Nature Partnership.

Session 2 (20th January 2022)

With Rachel Murtagh of Tees Valley Nature Partnership and Luke Bamforth of Greater Lincolnshire Nature Partnership

Nature recovery and community prosperity - The Bunloit model - 30th September 2021

The Bunloit Project in the Scottish Highlands is creating a nature reserve that sequesters carbon, grows biodiversity, creates green jobs, and generates profit-for-purpose in the process. Their first operational site is the 1,200 acre Bunloit estate in Inverness-shire, where a wide range of actions are underway. This includes revitalising forest, peatland and pasture, as well as forming new livelihoods and new communities. New forms of finance are also being sought, aiming to support future community ownership models. Tune in to this webinar recording to hear first hand from members of the Bunloit Rewilding team about their endeavour. Discover how this approach to stewardship of land could be applied elsewhere in Scotland, the rest of the UK and beyond.

All recordings of the NATURE Tool launch (27th-30th July 2021) can be found here

Managing road verges for nature, the environment and people - 8th July 2021

Road verges form a network of habitats that cover 1.2% of land in Great Britain. Verges can support a surprising diversity of species, yet are generally managed with little regard for wildlife. Over the past decade, there have been growing calls for councils and highways authorities to manage road verges for nature. Alongside this has been a growing realisation of the potential role of verges (including street trees) as green infrastructure, with an opportunity to provide broader environmental and social benefits (e.g. carbon storage, improved air quality, and access to nature). In this webinar, Ben Phillips (University of Exeter), Kate Petty (Plantlife) and Phil Sterling (Butterfly Conservation) discuss their work to improve road verges for nature, the environment and people. They ask: 1. Why do road verges matter? 2. What about roadkill and pollution? 3. How can we better manage our verges? And, 4. How can we implement this in practice? The talk combines the latest in road verge research (including that carried out over the past four years at the University of Exeter), road verge management guidelines (from Plantlife’s campaign – created in partnership with highways authorities and conservation organisations), and practical examples from across the UK (including pioneering work in Dorset).

Natural capital for people and place - 24th June 2021

In localities throughout the UK, there is a growing need for a shared understanding of the natural environment. Based on this understanding, we can enhance nature and human wellbeing. In this webinar explore how Natural England's new Natural Capital Evidence Handbook can support you in place-based planning and decision-making. The Handbook is designed to foster collaborative working and partnership between all those who can shape places fit for the future. In particular, it helps you to make the most of the Natural England natural capital evidence and resources already available. In this webinar, Tricia Rice and Alice Lord from Natural England introduce you to the Handbook. They will explain how you can use it to apply natural capital evidence throughout strategic decision-making to help recover nature for people and wildlife in your place.


Launch of the Environment Agency's Natural Capital Register and account tool - 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. Webinar to be presented by Rachel Lenane and Adam Booth of the Environment Agency.


Natural climate solutions and the rising price of carbon - April 21st 2021

This webinar was 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.


The carbon mitigation outcomes of different forest systems and timber product uses - April 20th 2021

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. 


Finding the right place for tree planting at scale - April 19th 2021

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 explored how this type of climate future analysis can help when considering long-living tree crops. It was presented by Katie Medcalf and Gemma Bell of Environment Systems Ltd, with additional panellist input from Ian Bailey of Triage and Jonathan Cryer of RSPB Cymru.


Plugging the income gap: Assessing environmental options for upland farms - March 31st 2021

The Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership in Lancashire is working to understand the value that the landscape and heritage of the area offers its communities. Over the last year, Natural Capital Solutions has been working with the Partnership to understand the public benefits that upland hill farms in the area could provide under the proposed Environmental Land Management scheme (post-Brexit agri-environment support). The research considered whether the financial rewards for delivering these benefits via the implementation of ELM-type options could make up for the income that would otherwise have been provided by the Basic Payment Scheme (current agri-environment support). The webinar will be of interest to all involved in stewardship of land, water and nature in rural areas. The webinar will be presented by Alison Holt (Natural Capital Solutions) and Joe Morris (Morris Resource Economics), together with the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership's programme manager, Cathy Hopley (Forest of Bowland AONB). 


Environmental Land Management. Realising a shared vision – or missing the opportunity of a generation - 25th March 2021

Finding the place for innovation in a new era of regenerative land management or risking getting agricultural (and silvicultural) transition wrong with potential economic and environmental deterioration.
The guardianship of farmland is set to experience some of its most radical changes of any time in the last 100 years. At the same time as a new Environmental Land Management Scheme is being formulated there is an opportunity to restore our environment, crack food inequality and act on climate emergencies. Sustainable Farm Incentive, Nature Recovery and Landscape Restoration under ELM have the potential to be the catalyst for delivering natural capital recovery, underpin sustainable dynamic procurement and net zero – or fail by being designed as a standard agri-environment scheme, based on income forgone, that displaces rather integrates funding and investment from multiple sources. This webinar, from the Farming & Wildlife Advisory Group South West (FWAG SW), explores the opportunities for ELM to be the catalyst to integrate investment into natural capital recovery and ecosystem services – and how this opportunity must not be missed. It will also outline the risks of getting it wrong to our food security, rural jobs and likely hood of not being able to deliver climate action or societal fairness.


Applying a natural capital approach to the marine environment: Learning and recommendations from the North Devon and Suffolk Marine Pioneer - 4th February 2021

The Marine Pioneer was one of four Defra pioneer programmes set up to test practical ways to deliver the ambition and goals of the 25 Year Environment Plan. We were asked to test the application of the natural capital approach, integrate planning and delivery further, explore innovative funding and share best practice of what works. This presentation from the Marine Management Organisation’s Marine Pioneer Programme lead will highlight the work carried out during the Marine Pioneer, the learning on the four asks, as well as fisheries, protected areas, community empowerment and applying net gain to marine and our recommendations.

A natural capital approach in practice: Lessons from the North Devon Landscape Pioneer - 28th January 2021

The Landscape Pioneer was one of four pioneers which were set up as test beds for new approaches in the 25 Year Environment Plan. Pioneers had a series of asks from Defra to explore. This presentation from Natural England will cover the Landscape Pioneer’s test and trial of a natural capital approach. It will explain the process that was followed to develop a Natural Capital Strategy and a series of Investment Opportunities for North Devon, as well as the lessons learned along the way. The team of Natural Capital and Economics specialists at Natural England have develop a Natural Capital Evidence Handbook, which will also be discussed. The Handbook combines learning from this Pioneer with that from other projects, such as the ecosystem service pilots, to set out the key ingredients for applying natural capital in a strategic decision making process to enhance benefits to people in a place. Natural England evidence and tools, such as the Natural Capital Atlases, are included to provide a package of evidence which will help. Presenting today are Alice Lord and Tim Sunderland. Alice Lord is a Senior Specialist in Natural Capital and the Ecosystem Approach and Tim Sunderland is a Principal Specialist in Economics. Access follow-up Q&A here.


Achieving net gain for the environment - 14th, 15th, 16th & 17th December 2020

This free series of webinars discussed the rationale for delivering net gains for the environment through built development, and describe the challenges faced by those trying to implement them. They included an introduction to a project to develop a new tool that aims to become the freely-available industry standard in managing net gains for the environment in all parts of the UK. Find out more.


Discovering new approaches to local stewardship of landscape - 9th September 2020

Project Skyline was a feasibility study that examined the possibility of local communities managing the landscape that surrounds where they live. It involved working with the communities of Caerau, Treherbert and Ynysowen in the valleys of South Wales, exploring the history, meaning and potential of each place. Participants in this webinar heard the experience of those involved in facilitating the work, as well as to hear about plans to grow the work already started. The presentations were given by Chris Blake from the The Green Valleys, Gloria Giambartolomei from University of Coventry and Ian Thomas from Welcome to Our Woods. 


Introducing England's Natural Capital Atlases - 9th July 2020

A new National Natural Capital Atlas was been published for England. The Atlas uses the best available data to map out Natural England's Natural Capital Indicators to show the quantity, quality and location of ecosystem assets, as well as the flow of some ecosystem services. This atlas provides a nationally coherent baseline assessment to show the state of natural capital in England. At the beginning of July, Atlases for 44 county and combined authority areas were released, showing the data in more detail, along with the GIS layers in a data package with user guide. This webinar provides an overview of the Atlases and how they can support your work.


Natural Capital Laboratory - forming a digitally integrated social and natural capital account - 4th June 2020

The Highlands of Scotland is home to a 100 acre 'rewilding' project to restore the Ancient Caledonian forest. In order to measure the outcomes from the rewilding process, AECOM is working with the Lifescape Project to operate a multi-year Natural Capital Laboratory. This webinar provided an opportunity to learn the latest from the project, including the findings from the social and natural capital account that is being formed, the digital platform used to present the findings, and the role of remote sensing in capturing data remotely. Join to discover innovations in integrating a diverse set of data so as to understand the value of environmental restoration.


Enhancing urban green infrastructure: launch of the Greenkeeper tool - 14th May 2020

This webinar provided an opportunity to discover Greenkeeper: a new online tool to support public authorities, developers and managers of urban greenspaces in the UK to make evidence-based planning and investment decisions. Greenkeeper uses big data and leading academic research to estimate visits to urban greenspaces and the benefits provided in terms of health, wellbeing, local value and carbon sequestration. It quantifies these benefits in monetary terms for any urban greenspace in the UK in a user-friendly format and without requiring any data input, standardising and making evidence accessible to decision-makers in the public and private sector. Greenkeeper has been collaboratively developed by Vivid Economics, Barton Willmore and the University of Exeter with funding support from Innovate UK.

An environment for everyone: Multiculturalism and the challenge and joy of engaging every member of society in nature and place - 26th March 2020

Judy Ling Wong CBE, Honorary President of Black Environment Network talked about why greening our towns and cities and involving everyone is vital for their future success. She shared the challenges and joys of opening up benefits to everyone and releasing their rich contribution, bringing in the current themes of health, wellbeing, cultural exchange, vision and policy in a time of climate crisis. Following Judy's presentation, Alison Matheson, Policy and Advice Officer at Scottish Natural Heritage shared findings from the latest Scottish Nature Omnibus report, which includes a range of equality outcomes.

Exploring the role of UK habitat mapping in a new Environmental Land Management Scheme - 25th February 2020

This webinar considered the potential of UK habitat mapping as a platform for the new Environmental Land Management Scheme and other ecosystem service and public goods mechanisms. Participants had the opportunity to to:

  • Explore the potential for UK habitat mapping to attribute ecosystem function, creating land management plans with farmers and communities that deliver national and international targets in a local context.
  • Consider how nature recovery network data being developed through Local Nature Partnerships (England) and Wildlife Trusts might be translated into UK Habitat mapping and made available through technologies such as the Land App.
  • Discover possibilities for attributing ecosystem function to UK Habitat codes and how this might be used to develop catchment and a landscape plans for natural capital recovery

Speakers and panelists included: Jonathan Storkey (Rothamsted Research), Bill Butcher (eCountability), Jenny Phelps & Dan Geerah (FWAG South West), Juliet Hynes (Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust) and Tim Hopkin (the Land App).


Bigger, better and more joined-up. Introducing the Condatis Tool to enhance habitat networks - 28th November 2019

Throughout the UK and beyond, conservation science and public policy highlight the need to enhance the connectivity of habitat networks. Condatis is a free, open-source, decision support tool to identify the best locations for habitat creation and restoration to enhance existing habitat networks and increase ecological connectivity across landscapes. Watch this webinar to learn about the tool from developers at the University of Liverpool. Hear about how it is being deployed to inform restoration actions and protected site designation including work for Warwickshire County Council, the Cheshire to Greater Manchester Wetland Network, The Northern Forest and Buglife’s B-Lines.

Habitat opportunity mapping: Identifying sites for enhancing biodiversity and ecosystem services - 31st October 2019

Government across the UK is encouraging the formulation of plans for strategic management of the natural environment. This includes nature recovery networks, local natural capital plans, as well as the assessment of biodiversity and environmental net gain from built development. As a result, local authorities and others involved in the strategic management of land and water need not only to have a baseline understanding of their natural capital assets and the benefits that flow from them, but also the potential that these assets provide to further enhance both biodiversity and ecosystem services. GIS-based habitat opportunity mapping can be used to identify locations where habitats can be created or restored to enhance biodiversity and a range of ecosystem services. Using a number of case studies across England, Alison Holt from Natural Capital Solutions demonstrated this approach and how it is being used in decisions in both urban and rural settings. 

Valuing the natural environment...at your desk - 10th October 2019

The Natural Environment Valuation Online (NEVO) Tool is a freely-available web application to help explore, quantify and make predictions about the benefits that are derived from existing and altered land use across England and Wales. It has been developed by the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute at the University of Exeter with support from Defra and NERC. The tool brings together spatially explicit data, natural science and economic models to provide insights into the integrated relationships between climate change, land use change, ecosystem service flows and economic values. It has undergone significant development and testing since the introductory webinar one year ago. In this webinar, Nathan Owen and Brett Day will provide insight into how NEVO works and how it can be used.

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

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 landowners 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 of 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 the 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.

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 businesses 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

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 new National Natural Capital Atlas has been published for England. The Atlas uses the best available data to map out Natural England's Natural Capital Indicators to show the quantity, quality and location of ecosystem assets, as well as the flow of some ecosystem services. This atlas provides a nationally coherent baseline assessment to show the state of natural capital in England. At the beginning of July, atlases for 44 county and combined authority areas were released, showing the data in more detail, along with the GIS layers in a data package with user guide. Join this webinar to receive an overview of the Atlases and how they can support your work.