With her pithy and engaging style, Amelia Steele takes us to the heart of the new environmental narrative that underlies the Ecosystems Knowledge Network's new strategy.
6th March 2018
The Natural Capital Planning Tool (NCPT) was formally released on 6th March 2018, following several years of development and testing with support from NERC and RTPI.
The NCPT allows the user to assess the impact of new or proposed developments and plans on the value of Natural Capital and ecosystem services.
The Excel-based tool is profiled as part of EKN's Tool Assessor service.
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.
29th September 2017
The Agriculture Working Group of Wildlife and Countryside Link, a coalition of 46 voluntary organisations in the conservation sector, has set out its ideas for a sustainable farming and land management policy in England. These proposals are driven by the current discussions around the future of support for the farming sector following Britain's departure from the EU. They make a case that policy should focus on environmental land management and securing public goods and benefits for all of society. There are three high level objectives identified:
RICS has just published an insight paper reviewing environmental valuation from the perspective of a practising valuer, land manager or estate manager.
The principal author is Charles Cowap, a rural surveyor who is a member of the Ecosystems Knowledge Network.
The Natural Capital Committee for England has published a draft (version 1) workbook for natural capital assessment, along with a paper that sets out principles for selecting approaches to valuation of changes in the state of natural capital.
"This practical guide is aimed at anyone who wants to use natural capital approaches in making decisions about the natural environment. It is intended to support decision makers, including planners, communities and landowners, but has particular relevance for place based decisions."
Tool Assessor - The UK's online resource on analytical tools that link the environment and society
Today the new Tool Assessor service is being launched by the Ecosystems Knowledge Network. This resource will provide information about the range of tools that analyse what the environment does for people.
Webinar: Tools for the Job
Thursday 25th February 2016, 1-2pm
This month’s free webinar will focus on tools to capture environmental information such as ecosystem services and natural capital. There will be presentations on two tools currently being used, and a consultation on a new method for helping people select tools to use, the 'Tool Assessor'.
Conservation in the 21st Century: The why, what, how of natural capital
Wednesday 25th November 2015, Edinburgh
This event aims to help UK conservation NGOs understand how the Natural Capital agenda can help tackle the challenges of conservation in the 21st century. The event will provide an overview of this rapidly growing and evolving area, and will explore the potential opportunities arising due to the interest from government, local authorities and business.
The concept of natural capital is increasingly popular term for talking about the ways in which features in the natural environment work together to deliver the things that nature does for people. The Natural Capital Committee is an independent advisory body set up to advise HM Government on the sustainable use of natural capital in England.