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This Eftec study for Defra provides initial physical and monetary estimates for a subset of ecosystem services at a scale that is commensurate with a reasonable level of robustness given the data and evidence available and offers recommendations for refining and further developing the initial UK urban natural capital account.

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Making Nature Count: Natural capital in policy and practice

By Robert Lyons on 15th August 2017
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 10:00 to 16:00

This one day conference will present the latest thinking on how natural capital accounting is seen, in some quarters at least, as the way forward for effective biodiversity conservation policy and delivery. Speakers will include government advisers, economists, NGOs, local authority representatives and businesses who will each examine the natural capital approach from their perspective and describe its potential to help address the environmental challenges we face. 

The Ecosystems Knowledge Network has produced a new service – Tool Assessor – that provides information about tools that analyse the environment and can enable a better understanding of ecosystem services, natural capital and green infrastructure. 

Tool Assessor focuses on tools that help people manage the environment as an asset, rather than simply managing it for nature conservation objectives.  Profiles are given of 12 tools and it is intended that the list will grow. Users are encouraged to provide comments on the tools so people can learn from each other. 

Improving Access to Greenspace

By Editor on 18th May 2016
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 09:45 to 17:00

This event, organised by Holyrood in conjunction with greenspace scotland, will explore the opportunities and challenges for meeting the objectives of the new 'Improve access to local greenspace' National Indicator – part of the Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework.

APPCCG and DECC event on DECC’s Global Calculator

By Editor on 25th November 2015
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Thursday, December 3, 2015 - 15:00 to 17:00

The event will explore the role that DECC’s Global Calculator can have in modelling realistic pathways to meet international commitments on temperature increases. The Global Calculator is an open-source model of the world’s energy, land and food systems that allows you to design your own version of the future up to 2050 and see the implications for the climate. The event is being held in Committee Room 10, Palace of Westminster.

Webinar: i-Tree Eco – The Benefits of Urban Trees

By Editor on 18th November 2015
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 13:00 to 14:00

This free webinar will focus on the i-Tree Eco software, a tool that analyses the benefits of tree cover in the built environment. The tool provides data on the structure and composition of the urban trees and estimates the ecosystem services that they provide in towns and cities. It was recently used by Torbay Council where the tool calculated that carbon storage by Torbay's trees was worth £1.5m, and their pollutant removal was worth £1.3m. The tool also analyses how much rain water is intercepted by trees in urban areas.

‘Five headline indicators of national success’

By Robert Lyons on 4th November 2015
Found in: Research and Resources

A recent report by the New Economics Foundation calls on the Office for National Statistics to adopt new headline measures of national success in the UK. The report highlights how the single measure of GDP has come to be treated as shorthand for overall success, creating a strong incentive for policy-makers to pursue short-term economic growth over and above all other goals.

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, November 24, 2015 - 14:00 to 17:00

London, UK

Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union, has published its sixth monitoring report of the EU Sustainable Development Strategy (SDS). This monitoring report evaluates progress towards the EU SDS objectives using a set of more than 100 sustainable development indicators, grouped into ten thematic areas. The evaluation considers two periods: the long term, accounting for progress since the year 2000, and the short term, looking at the trends over the last five years.

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has praised UN Member States for reaching agreement on the draft outcome document that will constitute the new sustainable development agenda. ‘Transforming our World: The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ features 17 new sustainable development goals that aim, by 2030, to eradicate extreme poverty, promote prosperity and people's well-being, while protecting the environment. The new agenda was agreed upon by 193 UN Member States on 1st August following a negotiating process that has spanned more than two years.

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