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SocEnv Webinar Series | Natural Capital

SocEnv Webinars range from topical, subject specific presentations under an umbrella theme, to helpful guidance for gaining CEnv, REnvP or REnvTech registration. Our free, live webinars are available for all to attend and following the live webinar, each recording is made available to watch back.

Our Natural Capital topical webinar series ran in Autumn 2020. During the series we heard expert talks on the following talks:

  • Nature-Based Solutions
  • The Role of Farmers, Land Managers and Consultants in Natural Capital
  • Natural Capital and Woodland Creation
  • Embedding Natural Capital in a Sustainability Strategy
  • Application of Natural Capital Approaches

Watch back for free now via the playlist below – or play the individual webinars by scrolling down this page.

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Part One // Valuing the Invaluable: Introducing Natural Capital in 2020

This talk explores a bit of the history of the Natural Capital concept to understand why the metaphor arose, before looking at how this way of thinking and measuring change can be a powerful tool in the quest for more sustainable decisions. Our expert speaker also discusses a few common pitfalls and how to keep a critical eye open as you implement Natural Capital approaches.

Expert speakers:
Vicki Betts CEnv, Senior Advisor - Economic Appraisal, Environment Agency

Part Two // Nature-Based Solutions & Developing a Natural Capital Approach

Featuring expert insight from Chartered Environmentalists Angus Middleton
and Stuart Wilson, of Viridian Logic Ltd & Highways England respectively.

Firstly, Angus explores nature-based solutions; enhancing natural systems to solve society’s problems. Angus discusses various challenges involved with designing nature-based solutions and how these can possibly be resolved.

Stuart's presentation then highlights 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.

Part Three // Farming in a Time of Change + The Consultant's Role

Sarah Faulkner CEnv and Charles Cowap discuss the role of farmers, landowners and consultants in the management of natural capital. Sarah's emphasis is on the 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 looks 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.

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

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 Four // Natural Capital on Steroids(?) and Engaging Industry Strategy

**About this webinar:
...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?

...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.

Dougal Driver FICFor FRICS CEnv, Chief Executive at Grown in Britain & Robert Duncan CEnv, Manager of Energy and Environment Services at Mabbett & Associates

Part Five // Application of Natural Capital Approaches - Ox Cam Arc

**About this webinar:

Lessons identified through work on natural capital approaches within the Ox Cam Arc and outputs from the Natural Capital Committee will be used to explore some of the local governance and implementation challenges including within the developing and changing policy landscape. This will include the data and methodology requirements for aspects such as net biodiversity gain and net environment gain, interfaces with Local Nature Recovery Strategies, the Environmental Land Management Scheme and funding opportunities.

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