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Incorporating natural capital and ecosystem services into environmental assessments

Organised by
Ecosystems Knowledge Network
Location
Coth Hall Court, Leeds, LS21 2HA
Price
Regular Training Place (open to organisations of all types) - £275; Small charity/local governmnet place £225
Contact email
Email: info@ecosystemsknowledge.net
Contact telephone
0333 240 6990
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Overview

The concepts of natural capital and ecosystem services are becoming prominent across Europe, along-side growing interests in nature-based solutions. They are an increasingly popular way of describing the diverse range of benefits people receive from the environment. Ecosystem services is a term used in national and local planning policy in various jurisdictions of the UK with a view to ensuring that planning and management decisions build resilience and take into account the multiple benefits provided by the natural environment. Natural capital is a popular term too, referring to the 'stock' of natural features and processes that collectively provide ‘flows’ of ecosystem services. Businesses and the public sector are beginning to undertake natural capital assessments of areas of land they own or depend on.

For this reason, there is now strong interest in what ecosystem services, natural capital and nature-based solutions mean for Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) and Sustainability Appraisal (SA). One key factor is the framing of the natural environment as an opportunity, benefit or asset as opposed to simply a constraint or backdrop to absorb impacts.
The course is for professionals involved in environmental assessment processes (EIA, SEA and SA) across diverse sectors including built infrastructure and development planning, transport, energy, water resources and flood risk management. It will be applicable to environmental assessment practitioners and stakeholders working from project level to strategic plans; and in relation to terrestrial and marine environments.
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