England: Natural Capital Committee publishes 5th Report

6th February 2018

The Natural Capital Committee has published its 5th Report, setting out its activities for 2018. The Committee asserts its position as integral to the implementation of HM Government's 25 Year Environment Plan. Among this, it says that "In 2018 the Pioneer Projects should move from their initial start up phase to become an integral part of delivering the Plan."

The four Pioneer Projects, relating to five locations in England, are intended to explore the challenges and opportunities raised in implementing a "natural capital approach" in practice.

Advanced notice: payments for ecosystem services project call

Advance notice: forthcoming Defra call for proposals for payments for ecosystem services pilot projects

Following the successful first two rounds of payments for ecosystem services pilot projects, Defra is now planning to take forward a third round, as signalled in its Action Plan for developing the potential for PES (May 2013). The projects that are taken forward will provide evidence to support the future development of PES schemes in England and will inform Defra of the key challenges and barriers in this area.