Natural Capital Investment Forum Webinars

The following webinars have been scheduled for the Natural Capital Investment Forum, an on-line learning group of the Ecosystems Knowledge Network.  If you are a member, use the password that will have been given you to join. If you are not a member, see our main Forum webage for details of how to join in.

See also our general webinars listing.

Inaugural webinar

Natural capital investment in the UK – turning ambition into action

Register for this webinar (use the password issued to Forum members)

Thursday 29th March 2018, 12 noon to 12.50 pm

The recent Natural Capital Investment conference highlighted the challenges of stimulating new finance for natural features based on their economic value. The investors may be in the financial services industry, or organisations in the public and private sectors with access to financial capital. Whoever they are, the business case for making investment is not yet clear.

In this inaugural webinar of the Natural Capital Investment Forum, Simon Petley from EnviroMarket Ltd. and Paul Mackie from Coastal Partnerships East will set out their views on what the public, private, third and academic sectors can do to ensure that investment happens over the coming five years.  Simon is an environmental finance expert. Paul’s work is focused on accessing finance to protect coastline in the East of England.

Other webinars

Webinars will be provided for Forum members approximately every 2 months. Additional ones will be listed here shortly.

Natural Infrastructure Scheme - a catchment-based framework for revenue for water management services

Wednesday 26th September 2018, 1 to 2 pm

Register for this webinar (use the password issued to Forum members)

The Natural Infrastructure Scheme (NIS) is a market in avoided costs in which, water utilities, infrastructure operators and public agencies would contract farmers to implement measures on their land to slow the flow of water and improve water quality. Actions by farmers could include soil aeration, tree planting and the creation of attenuation ponds. The scheme is being developed by the Green Alliance in partnership with the National Trust. In this webinar, we will explore the potential for the NIS model to form the basis for attracting new capital investment in the farmed environment. It will examine the security of the likely revenue stream and how outcomes might be assured to buyers in NIS schemes.

Initiating Landscape Enterprise Networks

Wednesday 28th November 2018, 1 to 2 pm

Landscape Enterprise Networks (LENs) harness commercial interest in how landscapes function in order to drive investment and innovation that protects assets like soils, aquifers, access infrastructure, habitats and tree cover. LENs are expected to begin with small, mutually beneficial business clusters investing to protect a few simple assets. They can then grow into regional networks where multiple businesses are collaborating to invest in multiple assets that deliver multiple functions across the landscape. Nestlé has already engaged in the LENs approach, and it is currently being tested in the UK. The webinar will feature a presentation by Tom Curtis of 3Keel Sustainability Advisors, who is involved in developing and testing the LENS approach.