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Chartered Institution of Water and
Environmental Management (CIWEM)

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Natural Capital

CIWEM's Natural Capital Network (NCN) supports professionals working to protect the resources, sinks and services that are provided by the natural environment. The function of the NCN is to provide expert views for the Institution and to be a sounding board for current and new initiatives.



1. Increased awareness, engagement and understanding of the concept of 'natural capital', defined as 'the resources, sinks and services which are provided by the natural environment'.

2. Effective adoption and implementation of the 'ecosystem services approach'.

3. Long-term global sustainable management of natural capital for its own sake and for the physical and cultural benefit of humanity



1. Raise awareness and understanding of natural capital and the Ecosystem Services Approach through engagement amongst:
(a) environmental professionals (in particular NCN members; CIWEM groups, Panels and Networks; and CIWEM members in general
(b) policy-makers and those who seek to influence policy (in particular All-Party Parliamentary Groups, politicians, civil and public servants, NGOs, trade and professional associations)
(c) businesses (in particular through think tanks and cross-sector groups such as the Aldersgate Group and Knowledge Transfer Networks)
(d) wider society nationally, in the EU, and globally

2. Promote the effective adoption and implementation of the 'Ecosystem Services Approach':
(a) by policy-makers nationally, in the EU, and globally 
(b) by environmental professionals in their day-to-day work
(c) by businesses in their decision-making and actions

3. Seek to complement, rather than duplicate, what other organisations and initiatives are doing in this field by highlighting those areas where CIWEM has particular experience and expertise, because it is:
(a) able to reach an international membership
(b) one of the global leading professional bodies in relation to the water environment
(c) able to draw on expertise from professionals from a very wide diversity of disciplines, roles, and organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors


  1. The fundamental natural resources of water, land and air
  2. Biodiversity - the variety of life - in all its forms across the globe
  3. Geodiversity - the variety of earth materials, forms and processes across the globe
  4. Ecosystem services of all types - provisioning, regulating, cultural and supporting
  5. Human interactions with the environment, both avoiding and managing negative impacts, and enhancing and managing positive benefits, in relation to natural capital and ecosystem services


Seeking Members

The NCN is a virtual global network, operating mainly by email and other social networks, there is a core Steering Group in place, and working groups will be established to deal with specific policy issues, these may meet as and when required. 

If you have any of the above elements as part of your post, are interested in Natural Capital, or require further information on joining the network please contact Alastair Chisholm.

The NCN contributed to a number of outputs including events, consultation responses, policy statements, technical advice, representation and publications.


Steering Group

The steering group is chaired by Nikki Wood from Environmental Gain Ltd, click on the names below for steering group profiles.

Nikki Wood (Chair)

Nikki Wood is an environmental professional with a specialism in aquatic ecosystems. She has over 20 years experience working on the implementation of environmental laws and policies, on assessing the impacts of major infrastructure and redevelopment proposals, and engaging stakeholders through participatory processes in strategic and project-related decision-making. Nikki is the founding Director of Engain which provides strategic environmental advice both in the UK and to governments overseas. Her particular specialism is in the application of Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and environmental risk management.


Richard Arnold

Richard Arnold is Technical Director for Thomson Ecology. He is a highly experienced professional ecologist with an in-depth understanding of wildlife legislation and planning policy. His work has included biodiversity strategy and policy development, ecology training and ecological impact assessments for major infrastructure projects. He now provides clients with high level technical advice in relation to biodiversity and oversees Thomson Ecology's large team of ecologists.


Mark Everard

Dr Mark Everard has worked in a wide range of roles in international development, academia, the private sector, NGOs and the pubic sector (the Environment Agency and supporting Defra and the Welsh Government) specialising in systems thinking and sustainable development and their application into policy and practice.  Many of Mark's ten published books, nearly sixty scientific papers and hundred of technical articles relate to ecosystem services.  He is also a regular contributor to TV and radio.


Alan Feest

Alan Feest is a Senior Research Fellow in the Institute of Advanced Studies at the University of Bristol.  Dr Feest's special research topic is currently the measurement of biodiversity although in the past he has been a pioneer in microbial ecology studies. He is a member of the IPCC, advisor to the EU on Biodiversity, professional ecologist, research reviewer for four national governments, on the editorial board of three journals and a non-executive director of an environmental consultancy.


David Haley

Ecological artist, David Haley, believes our ability to survive Climate Change is the enactment of a complex evolutionary narrative. As the dance of creation and destruction, also, demand new opportunities and meanings for the other side of collapse, his inquiries into the nature of water, whole systems ecology and integral critical futures thinking inform his arts practice, academic research, education and community developments.  As Senior Research Fellow in MIRIAD at Manchester Metropolitan University, Haley is Director of the Ecology In Practice research group, and leads the award winning MA Art As Environment programme.


Joanne Harvatt

Joanne is an Environmental Social Scientist who leads the research programme for Enventure Consulting.  She specializes in understanding the drivers behind the public and stakeholders behavioural responses to flooding, sea-level rise, energy conservation, waste and climate change.  Since completing her PhD in 2007, on public responses to environmental risks, Joanne has led on public engagement, research and communication activities working both client and agency side.  Joanne is passionate about the projects she works on and she takes a holistic science based approach to encouraging behavioural change.  Joanne is an Associate of the Market Research Society and has undertaken extensive professional training in workshop facilitation and stakeholder engagement.


Simon Howarth

Simon Howarth is a Technical Director at Mott MacDonald who lives and works in Cambridge UK. He has worked for many years on a range of water resources projects in South and East Asia, notably in Nepal and China where he has been resident for long periods. He has a strong interest in community participation in water resources management, in developing effective relationships between communities and government, and in the role of these in protecting livelihoods and reducing local conflict.


Bruce Lascelles

Dr Bruce Lascelles is an experienced soil and environmental scientist and Business Director for Ecology at Hyder Consulting Ltd.  He has over 20 years research and consultancy experience, specialising in soil and hydrological assessments in relation to both habitats and agricultural land.  He has developed significant expertise in habitat creation, restoration and translocation and in the design of appropriate soil handling methodologies. He also has an interest in river geomorphology and has recently worked on projects developing long-term restoration visions for river SSSIs. Bruce is currently Chair of the Institute of Professional Soil Scientists and on the Board of Trustees for the British Society of Soil Science.


Dr. Richard Pagett

Richard has a BSc and PhD in the natural sciences, with an emphasis on the marine and coastal environment.  His work has encompassed a wide range of ecosystems including wetlands, fjords, mangroves, lagoons, coral reefs, and down to the abyssal plains (including some deep ocean work in the Bermuda Triangle).  He has worked in more than 100 countries, from the Arctic to the tropics, as an advisor on sustainability issues and, more recently, on climate change having first published on this in 1990.


Tim Pickering

Tim Pickering is a technical specialist with the Environment Agency. He is based in the Midlands and has worked for the Agency and its predecessors for over 20 years. Originally trained as an aquatic ecologist he has developed his professional interests to include river restoration and the use of environmental partnership in the delivery of strategic environmental planning.


Jane Poole

Jane Poole is a Chartered Geologist and Associate Director within the Geo-Environment team at Capita Symonds.  Jane manages multi-disciplinary teams in completing policy-oriented research for government departments, particularly in relation to minerals, geodiversity and landscape.  She also provides specialist geological and geomorphological expertise to a range of projects for local planning authorities, mineral operators, major developers and others.


Toby Roxburgh

Toby is a marine policy and governance specialist with 15 years experience. Much of his work focuses on integrating natural capital / ecosystem services into policy, management and development decision-making (government and corporate). He recently led the development of a guide to implementing the ecosystem approach in the Celtic Sea and other European marine regions. He has experience in strategic policy-oriented research and advocacy (e.g. related to several EU directives, the UK Marine Act, marine planning, protected areas, fisheries and corporate sustainability). Sectoral experience includes oil & gas, ports, shipping, marine renewables, tourism, fisheries, water resources, rural development and conservation. He has directed, managed and provided technical / advisory input to projects in Europe, Africa, Caribbean, Asia, Americas and the Pacific. Toby has an MSc in Applied Marine Science from Plymouth University.


Previous contributors have included Alan Woods, John Box, Nick Godfrey, and Danielle Smith.



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