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.