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IFNC members are invited to register for FREE WEBINARS from the Ecosystems Knowledge Network, which will be taking place throughout the week of our conference. Topics include:
  1. The Natural Capital Protocol for business
  2. Payments for Ecosystem Services
  3. Nature and Health
  4. Natural Capital Accounting at the landscape-scale
  5. Mapping ecosystem services
  6. Ecosystem services in environmental assessment
IFNC members are invited to register through the Members Area of the website using the password you received when you joined.
1) Applying the Natural Capital Protocol
Monday 3rd October, 3.30 – 4.30pm
The Natural Capital Protocol is a global standardised framework designed to help generate trusted, credible, and actionable information to inform decisions. It was produced through a collaboration brought together through the Natural Capital Coalition and has already been piloted by over 50 businesses. In this webinar, Mark Gough, Executive Director of the Natural Capital Coalition will provide an overview of the Natural Capital Protocol and associated sector guides. Gordon Rogers from Yorkshire Water will then describe their piloting of the Protocol at their Rivelin Water Treatment Works. This webinar is being organised by the Ecosystems Knowledge Networkin partnership with the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital and the Irish Forum on Natural Capital.  It is open to members of these three initiatives. The event is one of a series of events occurring around the annual conference of the Irish Forum on Natural Capital in Dublin on 4th October.

2) Payments for Ecosystem Services: from concept to reality
Wednesday 5th October, 11.00 – 11.30am
Payments for ecosystem services (PES) is a term used to describe a range of schemes through which the beneficiaries, or users, of ecosystem services voluntarily provide payment to the stewards, or providers of those services. The beneficiaries may be individuals, communities, businesses or public bodies. While there is substantial experience of PES outside Europe, the approach remains relatively uncommon in Europe. This webinar will take stock of progress and discuss how the PES concept might be applied in a European context. It will be presented by Steve Smith; Technical Director at Aecom and lead author of several major reports on PES.

3) Addressing local health priorities through improved access to nature
Wednesday 5th October, 3.00 – 3.30pm
The natural environment has always been part of the health service, preventing ill-health and helping people to address health problems once they have arisen. While the evidence for the health benefits of access to the natural outdoors is strong, practical action in response to this remains very patchy. Long-lasting outcome-oriented partnerships between organisations in the environmental sector and those working at the core of the health system are only just beginning to emerge. This webinar will examine a range of possible responses to this challenge. It will be presented by Rachel Stancliffe, Director of the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare.

4) Natural capital accounting at the local and landscape scale
Thursday 6th October, 11.00 – 11.30am
Organisations typically assess the value of their assets through conventional financial accounting processes, including balance sheets and profit and loss accounts. This basic information underpins decisions about investment and how best to manage risks. Most of the benefits arising from natural capital do not appear in these accounts. In response, a framework for corporate natural capital accounting has been developed by eftec for the UK Natural Capital Committee. Accounts are being produced for discrete areas of land such as public parks and private estates. In this webinar, Sarah Krisht and Philip Cryle from environmental economics consultancy eftec will introduce some of the innovative local and landscape-scale natural capital accounting work they have been involved in to date.

5) Mapping the connection between the environment and people’s needs
Thursday 6th October, 3.00 – 3.30pm
Describing the positive relationship between the environment and people can be challenging. Maps of ecosystem services can be useful starting points for dialogue about this topic, identifying opportunities for action and investment. This webinar will introduce the growing field of ecosystem service mapping, highlighting some of the tools available to do this. It will be presented by Bruce Howard, Ecosystems Knowledge Network.

6) Incorporating ecosystem services into environmental assessment
Friday 7th October, 11.00 – 11.30am
Ecosystem services are becoming increasingly prominent as a framework for linking the environment and people’s well-being. There is strong interest in what ecosystem services mean for processes such as Environmental Impact Assessment, Strategic Environmental Assessment and Sustainability Appraisal. One key difference is the framing of the natural environment as an opportunity or benefit as opposed to a constraint or backdrop to absorb impacts. This webinar by Bill Sheate of Collingwood Environmental Planning will introduce the topic, pointing to some of the resources and examples available.