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Series 7: Natural Capital in Your Business

The use of the natural capital approach is ever growing, but isn't as widely used as many would like. This webinar series is designed to provide you with the case studies, theory, good practice examples, signposts and guidance that you need to embed natural capital thinking in your work. Register for each episode, for free today!

For wider reading in advance or for future reference, familiarise yourself with the Natural Capital Committee's how to do it: a natural capital workbook. Even if working outside of the UK, this document provides a step by step guide to natural capital. 

In some organisations and industries, natural capital is well understood, but this certainly isn't the case across the board. So, how much do you need to know? How does natural capital fit into your role and your organisation? What are the benefits to taking natural capital into account in your work? We plan to find out during this webinar series. 

The series consists of five free, expert led webinars. While our CEnv and special guest speakers are all experienced in natural capital approaches, they provide the perspectives from different sectors, which makes for an interesting debate and a range of insights. Hear perspectives from:

  • Academia (Cranfield University and Harper Adams University)
  • Environment Agency
  • Grown in Britain
  • Highways England
  • Mabbett & Associates
  • NFU
  • Viridian Logic

    Each webinar includes a Q&A section to conclude - with the opportunity for delegates to submit questions prior to and during the webinar itself. Keep scrolling for details of each webinar and links to register your attendance.

    Part 1

    An Introduction
    22.09.2020 @ 12:00 BST

    Valuing the Invaluable: Introducing Natural Capital in 2020

    The natural world is far more than a source of capital – it’s our home, our life support system and a source of endless beauty and inspiration. We know this and yet the degradation of our biodiversity and natural resources continues at pace, accompanied by a loss of goods, services and benefits we all rely on for our wellbeing. In this talk we’ll explore a bit of the history of the Natural Capital concept to understand why the metaphor arose. We’ll then look at how this way of thinking and measuring change can be a powerful tool in the quest for more sustainable decisions, before discussing a few common pitfalls and how to keep a critical eye open as you implement Natural Capital approaches.

    By Vicki Betts CEnv, Senior Advisor - Economic Appraisal, Environment Agency


    Part 2

    Natural Capital In Action
    29.09.2020 @ 12:00 BST

    Nature-Based Solutions: A Vignette

    Nature-based Solutions (NbS) involve enhancing natural systems to solve society’s problems. Common examples are nature flood management and carbon sequestration. Three are many things to consider when designing NbS, but common problems are:

    1. putting the right things in the right places,

    2. understanding trade-offs,

    3. considering other agendas and aspirations,

    4. valuing in some way all the multiple benefits of NbS, and

    5. proving that it works.

    This talk will discuss these issues, drawing on tales from the frontier to highlight problems and possibly even suggest a few solutions.

    By Angus Middleton MSc CEnv, Director at Viridian Logic


    Developing a Natural Capital Approach 

    Highways England is required as part of our operating licence to “Ensure that protecting and enhancing the environment is embedded into its business decision-making processes and is considered at all levels of operations” (DfT, 2015). At the same time HM Treasury’s Green Book (2018) sets out guidance on how in appraising projects an understanding of natural capital can provide improved appraisal of the range of environmental effects, encouraging systematic measurement and monitoring of the social costs and benefits of natural stock use.

    Stuart's presentation on Developing a Natural Capital Approach will highlight the work Highways England are doing with Natural England to build natural capital into decision-making, supporting the development and delivery of better outcomes from infrastructure projects and moving from theory into general use.

    By Stuart Wilson CEnv, Environment Team Leader and Principal Advisor, Highways England

    Part 3

    The Role of Farmers, Land Managers and Consultants
    06.10.2020 @ 12:00 BST

    Sarah Faulkner CEnv and Charles Cowap will discuss the role of farmers, landowners and consultants in the management of natural capital. Sarah's emphasis will be on recognition of the existing natural capital benefits from farming and rural landownership with a look ahead to how this contribution will grow and develop in future. Charles will look at the advisory and consultancy services which will be needed if the full range of environmental opportunities - ecosystem services and natural capital - are to be developed successfully.

    Natural Capital: Farming in a Time of Change

    By Sarah Faulkner MRICS CEnv MCIEEM, Environment and Rural Affairs Adviser at NFU


    Natural Capital: The Consultant's Role

    By Charles Cowap MBA MRICS FAAV ARAgS MRAC FHEA, Author of RICS Value of Natural Capital Report and Visiting Professor in Rural Land Management at Harper Adams University


    Part 4

    15.10.2020 @ 09:00 BST

    Is Woodland Creation "Natural Capital on Steroids"?

    The government, society and the planet are screaming for more trees, woods and forests. However, land is under pressure from all sides so can trees really provide the benefits we all need including clean air, reduced carbon, sustainable materials, reduced flooding, increased biodiversity and clean water?

    By Dougal Driver CEnv, CEO at Grown in Britain and Vice Chair of the Society for the Environment

    Engaging Industry to Embed Natural Capital in a Sustainability Strategy

    The term Natural Capital is new or unheard of to many in industry yet most industries rely heavily on the eco-system services which the natural environment offer. So how do we engage and influence industry to embed Natural Capital in their sustainability strategies or other decision making tools? This session will discuss opportunities to do this and showcase some examples of how certain industries are leading the way in embedding Natural Capital in decision making.

    By Robert Duncan CEnv, Manager of Energy and Environment Services at Mabbett & Associates


    Part 5

    Natural Capital Committee
    22.10.2020 @ 09:00 BST

    Insights from the Ox Cam Arc on the Application of Natural Capital Approaches

    By Prof. Paul Leinster HonFSE CEnv, Natural Capital Committee and Professor of Environmental Assessment at Cranfield University


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