April 2022 Newsletter

In this month's newsletter:

  • Reviewing Approaches for the Assessment of Marine Natural Capital for UK marine environmental policy  Our Work for the Joint Nature Conservation Committee
  • CIWEM Environmental Economics Course – Sign Up to Start On 26th April
  • Westminster Forum Conference: the Future for Environmental Standards - and Next Steps for the Office for Environmental Protection
  • New play: Accidental Birth of an Anarchist – from Environmental Theatre Company Rising Tides

Reviewing Approaches for the Assessment of Marine Natural Capital for UK Marine Environmental Policy

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The application of the natural capital approach for the marine and coastal environments has been developed and trialled in the UK, however there is a need for greater standardisation of its use to better inform decision-making processes.

This report reviews existing applications of natural capital approaches to marine and coastal environments and offers insights for future management and policy work in the UK. It was published by the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) as part of Defra’s Marine Natural Capital Ecosystem Assessment (mNCEA) programme

Together with ABPmer, Viridian Logic, and Plymouth Marine Laboratory, we conducted a SWOT analysis of existing marine natural capital approaches. This identified recommendations for a common approach to marine natural capital in the UK. We also conducted a Quick Scoping Review for evidence on the distribution of marine and ecosystem benefits amongst local and wider groups. 

The report highlights several existing strengths and future opportunities, the potential for integrating the marine and coastal natural capital approaches in decision making, and the need for more comprehensive assessments of beneficiaries of natural capital. It also offers 12 recommendations for future research. 

The full report is available here.

CIWEM Environmental Economics Course

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This two-part course is designed to provide a practical introduction to the concepts, approaches and methods used in economics to address challenges in water and environmental management. We have jointly developed this course alongside Environmental Policy Consulting, which specialises in the application of environmental economics to water management.

The course will be run by Ece Ozdemiroglu, Allan Provins (eftec) and Bruce Horton (Environmental Policy Consulting). Additional speakers may be used to support the ‘applications to policy’ modules.

Part One of the course introduces key concepts, methods and valuation techniques used in environmental economics to support decision making. Part Two of the course will encompass application to real world challenges, including climate change, biodiversity, green infrastructure, resource management and natural capital.

To view the course structure and register to attend, click here.

The course will begin on 26th April. It will consist of 8 1-2 hour webinar sessions and will cost £590 + VAT.

Conference: the Future for Environmental Standards and Next Steps for the Office for Environmental Protection

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This conference will examine the future for environmental standards and next steps for the Office for Environmental Protection (OEP).

It will take place online on 7th September and will feature the following keynote speakers:

  • Alan Law, Deputy Chief Executive, Natural England
  • Dame Glenys Stacey, Chair, Office for Environmental Protection
  • Rebecca Pow MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Minister for Nature Recovery and the Domestic Environment, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

For the draft agenda in full, click here.

Areas for discussion include:

  • OEP priorities: the first strategy, the enforcement policy, engagement with key stakeholders and guidance in sustainability and ecosystem services
  • OEP implementation: the Environment Act, independence, setting and enforcement of standards, securing accountability, monitoring progress, coordination with wider policy
  • Regulation: priorities, frameworks for the future and their design, engagement with stakeholders, opportunities for the UK to lead internationally
  • environmental standards: building back greener, scope, ambition and timescales, priorities for protection, conservation, restoration and ecosystem regeneration
  • environmental stewardship: priorities for addressing long-term challenges, conserving biodiversity, adapting to climate threats, sustainable conduct around ecosystem service use
  • policy: the 25 Year Environment Plan review, environmental principle scope and targets, transparency and accountability, development of legally binding measures, interim milestones

Accidental Birth of an Anarchist - the New Play from Rising Tides

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Rising Tides is an environmental theatre company we support and we are delighted to announce the world premier of Accidental Birth of an Anarchist, which will be running from 10-14 May at Brighton Fringe.
After premiering to critical acclaim at The Space last year as part of Good Cop Bad Cop Festival at The Space Arts Centre, London, Rising Tides and Unmasked Theatre present a genuine environmental comedy, Accidental Birth of an Anarchist, for the upcoming Brighton Fringe Festival 2022.

In this play, Alice and Lia are climate activists infiltrating a North Sea Oil Rig with the sole intention of staging a sit-in protest. With a plan almost, but not quite ready, and weather conditions worsening, the two women find themselves in a situation that not only threatens to uncover them, but also puts everyones’ lives at risk. A comedy about the Climate Crisis, activism, The Little Chef and finding common ground with the enemy.

Click here to book your tickets