May 2021 Newsletter

This is a busy time of year with many launches and events before the summer break, but we hope the following events will be worth marking in your calendars.

  • Introducing the BSI Standard on Natural Capital Accounting for Organisations - A Launch Webinar for BS 8632:2021
  • Westminster Forum - Next Steps for Natural Capital Protection and Restoration in England
  • UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2021 - join the CCC as it launches its Adaptation Advice Report
  • SWaN Conference - Join Ian to discuss nature based solutions in the water industry

BSI Webinar: Introducing BS 8632:2021 – Natural Capital Accounting for Organisations 15 June 2021, 14:00 – 15:30

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We are excited to announce that the British Standards Institution (BSI) will soon launch its standard on Natural Capital Accounting for Organisations: BSI 8632:2021. This is the first such standard issued by a national standard institution and is the product of experience from a panel of experts, their networks and public consultation.

Our Founding Director, Ece Ozdemiroglu, is the convenor of the BSI Assessing and Valuing Natural Capital expert panel which prepared the standard, and much of eftec’s experience with natural capital accounting has been shared in the process (see our briefing on the current state of natural capital accounting in the UK, which we released last month).

Natural capital accounting is a systematic way of bringing all sorts of different information to help CEOs, CFOs, and others to see their impacts and dependencies on nature in black and red! Participants at the webinar will gain an understanding of the benefits of natural capital accounting and this standard, and how the standard can be used. We strongly recommend you attend and send the link to someone who may be interested: Sign Up Here.

Westminster Forum: Next Steps for Natural Capital Protection and Restoration in England - 15 June, 09:00 – 13:00

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Ian Dickie, Director at eftec, will be speaking at the upcoming Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum conference: “Next Steps for Natural Capital Protection and Restoration in England – Policy, Implementation, and Achieving the Potential Benefits.”

The conference will be an opportunity to discuss a range of developments in this key area of focus for policy and analysis, including: the Environment Bill, the Agriculture Act, and the Dasgupta Review on the Economics of Biodiversity. Ian’s session is titled: “Translating environmental action into nature-based jobs growth – strategies for collaboration across key stakeholder and local groups, and with partners in the environmental supply.”

This conference will take place on the morning of Tuesday 15th June, online. Click here to sign up.

Launch Event: UK Climate Risk Independent Assessment 2021 16th June, 10:00-12:00

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The UK climate is already changing, and while Net Zero is the mitigation target with a legal commitment, adaptation requests/requires collaborative action across all parts of the economy and society.

The Climate Change Committee will be launching its Adaptation Advice Report based on the Climate Change Risk Assessment 2021 (CCRA 3). This Risk Assessment is the result of more than three years of work, with input from over 450 experts from 130 organisations.

CCRA3 provides a synthesis of 61 risks and opportunities that the UK is already facing and/or will face in the future. It also makes recommendations for adaptation action. While the statutory purpose of the assessment is to inform the next UK and devolved National Adaptation Plans, all our readers, regardless of sector or discipline, will benefit from this introduction to the assessment.

This event is held online on Weds 16th June, 10:00-1200. To sign up, click here.

SWaN Conference – Collaboration for Nature Based Solutions in the Water Industry - 6-7 October, Abberton Reservoir & Five Lakes

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This October, Ian will take a break from the virtual world to speak at Northumbrian Water Group’s SWaN conference in person!

The conference will focus on existing and potential collaboration across engineering, agriculture, ecology and the water industry to maximise the use of nature-based solutions. Speakers will address emerging legislation, Cost Benefit Analysis tools, and examples of best practice. Ian will be discussing insights from his work at eftec conducting natural capital accounts in the water sector.

The conference will take place across 6-7 October 2021 at Abberton Reservoir & Five Lakes, Colchester, Essex. Click here to register.