Achieving Net Gains for the Environment

Free webinar series presented by WSP in association with the Ecosystems Knowledge Network

There are growing ambitions for planning and built development throughout the UK to deliver net environmental benefits. This comes alongside the ongoing requirement for avoidance of negative impacts on the environment. Challenges remain in making net gain ambitions operational. 

In this series of free webinars, Oliver Hölzinger, Principal Ecological Economist, and Tom Butterworth, Technical Director for Natural Capital and Biodiversity, from WSP discuss the rationale for delivering net gains for the environment through built development. They describe the challenges faced by those trying to implement them. Oliver and Tom also introduce an exciting 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. 

One of the key issues of working with net gain principles is the standardisation and transferability of approaches across the UK. For this reason, the webinars have been tailored to each UK jurisdiction. Participant feedback will enable the development of the new Net Gain Planning Tool (working title only - now officially named the Nature Assessment Tool for Urban and Rural Environments (NATURE)) to be fit-for-purpose for everyone’s needs. 


WSP is one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms, they are dedicated to local communities and are propelled by international expertise. They are industry leaders with key involvement in developing UK wide standards that adopt the internationally accepted Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme (BBOP) principles. WSP have placed Net Gains for the environment at the forefront of their growth strategy. 

The webinar series was presented in December 2020 but you can watch the recordings via the links below.  

Webinar for those working within England 

Webinar for those working within Northern Ireland

Webinar for those working within Scotland

Webinar for those working within Wales