Natural capital – What’s the opportunity?

Join us on 12 March 2019 to get a new perspective on natural capital – and hear how you can utilise it in your practice.

Continuing the theme and thinking of the LI’s Valuing Conference 2018, this day of CPD seminars and practical workshops asks the questions that are most pertinent to practitioners today:

  • Where are the investment opportunities and new areas of work?
  • What are the most robust natural capital assessment methods?
  • What’s the opportunity, for your business and for our sector?

Turn the theory into practice: Win new business, achieve positive change, and encourage investment in landscape on a local and national scale.

Be ahead of the curve

The government is already emphasising a shift to the ‘net gain’ approach and outlining how it will measure the success of its 25 Year Environment Plan. Learn how to demonstrate from day 1 why your work is vital.

New work opportunities

Find out not just what is valuable, but how to value it. Environmental economics presents a huge opportunity for landscape professionals to learn new skills and win new business.

Get hands-on experience

Participate in practical, interactive workshops. Get to grips with the tools and resources available for natural capital accounting, and discover how to engage wider audiences and influence positive behavioural change using the concept of the National Park City.

Meet leading thinkers and practitioners

Enjoy a day of discussion, exchange and collaboration with leaders and peers in land and landscape management, planning, ecology and more.

Afternoon site visit (sponsored by Hardscape) to Broomielaw, Glasgow: Hard landscaping to stand the test of time

Named after the Brumelaw Croft, Broomielaw is a major thoroughfare in the City of Glasgow, UK. This high-profile project successfully regenerated previously run-down areas on both banks of the River Clyde with its purpose to promote the economic, social and environmental regeneration of 13 miles of the River Clyde from Glasgow city centre to Dumbarton. Join the afternoon site visit to explore the area and learn about the project.

Session highlights

An introduction to natural capital accounting at the local and landscape scale

Chris White, Aecom

Hear firsthand how LI members are winning work and making positive change with a series of case studies from the Lake District and the Borders. Learn about different approaches to natural capital valuation at the landscape level, and the role natural capital can play in policy and decision making.

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The Unfrozen Moment?

Sarah Bryan, Exmoor National Park

Exmoor National Park Authority has been working with the local farming community to develop ideas for post-Brexit support that uses a natural capital approach to further national park purposes. Sarah Bryan, CEO at ENPA, talks about her experience of Exmoor National Park – the value of the landscape, the unintended consequences of historic schemes, and the development of Exmoor’s Ambition.

Our Planet Under Pressure: How applying the Natural Capital Protocol can support more sustainable business

Andrew Wells, Crown Estate

The policy drivers for land and business management in Scotland are changing. Find out how the Natural Capital Protocol equips land and business managers and boards to assess and demonstrate provision of public goods and their dependencies and effects on the environment. Hear how the Protocol helped develop understanding of natural capital among land-based businesses, and how it can positively influence decision-making.

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Pathways to Play – A child-led approach to play space design

Jennette Emery-Wallis, Timberplay
Beth Cooper, Timberplay

Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, and Calverley Adventure Grounds, Tunbridge Wells: two very different sites with a common aim to provide enriched and effectives spaces for children to play. Using these two sites as examples, this seminar will focus on the process of the play space development, the design process and community engagement.

Could a National Park City engage a wider audience and deliver natural capital?

Dom Hall, The Conservation Volunteers

Could Glasgow be a National Park City? Discuss what the National Park City concept is all about, its origins and status in London and Glasgow, and explore how it might engage a wider audience in technical concepts such as green infrastructure and natural capital.

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Tools, skills and techniques for developing natural capital accounts

Jonathan Porter, Countryscape

Get hands-on experience with the range of tools and information portals available and in use today to support landscape plans and strategies – including tools provided by the Ecosystems Knowledge Network, Oppla and the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) – and find out about the support available to businesses across Europe from the new We Value Nature project.

ParkPower – Pioneering new approaches to managing and resourcing parks

Julie Proctor, Greenspace Scotland

It’s now commonplace to talk about parks and green spaces as our natural health service, our children’s outdoor classrooms, and our cities’ green lungs. Will we soon also be thinking of them as our community power stations? The search is on to find innovative ways to generate income from and for our parks. ParkPower – a new project from Greenspace Scotland that is using OS, heat mapping and other data to look strategically at the opportunities to provide energy services from our parks and greenspace – could be part of the answer.

Natural Capital in Scottish Policy – how to value the environment in decision making

Tom McKenna, Scottish Natural Heritage

Scottish Natural Heritage has been at the forefront of applying the natural capital approach, both within Scotland and internationally. Discover the benefits of the unique Natural Capital Asset Index, learn about SNH’s work on National Natural Capital Accounts with the Office for National Statistics, learn more about the Natural Capital Protocol trial with Crown Estates Scotland, and hear how SNH is seeking to create natural capital accounts for their National Nature Reserves.

Thank you to our sponsors

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About CPD days

Continuing professional development, or CPD, is a crucial aspect of professional body membership.

The LI asks all our corporate members to complete a minimum of 25 hours’ CPD activity per year. This is to help members uphold the highest standards of professional competence and knowledge.

To this end, the LI will run a full programme of CPD and specialist events from autumn 2018 and throughout 2019. A core element of all these events will be an inclusive interactive learning session delivered by a specialist in the field of study. (For members who can’t attend a CPD day in person, we will also live stream a selection of sessions on the day.)

LI CPD days are an excellent and affordable way for LI members and landscape-related professionals to develop their professional knowledge and expertise. The cost of attendance includes lunch, refreshments and networking opportunities.

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