21 May 2020
Back by popular demand, the CIWEM South Western branch will be hosting a webinar on natural capital in support of the UN International Day for Biological Diversity which is observed globally on 22 May every year to increase understanding and awareness about biodiversity issues. This year the theme is “Our solutions are in nature” highlighting the link between biodiversity, climate and land degradation.
Natural Capital is a term used to describe those elements of the natural environment that provide benefits for humans including food, water, recreation and clean air and water. A natural capital approach is useful for understanding the inter-dependencies between nature, people, the economy and society. It provides a framework for incorporating the value of nature into decision-making and revealing the cost of its degradation.
National and international policies are incorporating guidance and legislation on management and protection of nature for the benefits that it provides to people. In the UK, metrics for monitoring and measuring performance on natural capital are being developed and the 25 year environment plan states that new development should result in “net environmental gain”. This talk will introduce the concepts of natural capital and environmental net gain and discuss ways in which these can be measured.
Laura Homfrey is a senior consultant in biodiversity and natural capital at WSP. She has 4 years’ experience working on a variety of sustainability projects at WSP. Before joining WSP, she contributed to developing Yorkshire Water’s Natural Capital Protocol.
Oliver Hölzinger is principal ecological economist at WSP. He has experience of a wide range of ecological economic services including natural capital accounting, social/environmental cost-benefit analysis, ecosystem assessments and corporate ecosystem valuation Oliver also has created the Natural Capital Planning Tool (NCPT) to systematically assess the impact of new plans and developments on ecosystem services and contributed to the National Ecosystem Assessment Follow-On.
This event is open to members and non-members of CIWEM.
Please note that bookings will close 24 hours before the start of the webinar.
Bookings to attend the webinar should be made through 'MyCIWEM' using the links provided for each webinar in the series. Each webinar should be booked separately. You are only confirmed once you have clicked 'proceed & submit' in the cart and received a confirmation email, which will be sent to your primary email address on your MyCIWEM account. Once registration for the webinar session has closed, successful registrants will receive a separate email with joining instructions.
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