November 2019 Newsletter

Welcome to our November newsletter – a little later than usual but we wanted to wait till some items were ready. We’ll see you again before the end of the year: 

  • envecon2020: Registration is Open
  • Scottish Natural Heritage Natural Capital Accounts are Published Today
  • Capacity building in rural land management: EKN – eftec Training Courses
  • Climate Risk Survey for UK businesses by London School of Economics for the Committee on Climate Change

envecon2020: Registration Is Open

Click here for info and tickets

enveconThe full agenda for the conference will be announced in January, once all the abstracts have been reviewed by the Scientific Committee. However, certain slots have already been filled: Valuing Nature Programme projects and a calendar of events in the ‘super year’ of 2020. There will also be art installations and provocations from somewhere-nowhere bringing 'data of the heart' into the equation of cost, value and connection.

If you’d like to share your own work, you still have time till midnight on 16th December 2019 to submit your abstracts (2 pages). Any analytical tool, environmental topic or economic sector is acceptable so long as your work showcases how economics can be used for environmental policy and management. 

Scottish Natural Heritage Natural Capital Accounts are published

SNHWe worked with SNH to test natural capital accounting approach for the land they own or substantially manage as National Nature Reserves. The natural capital balance sheet includes the following benefits: food, energy, carbon sequestration, air quality, physical health, recreation & tourism, education & volunteering and wildlife.

The annual benefits are estimated at £28 million which is a conservative estimate as many benefits (such as flood risk management) are not covered.

But even this conservative estimate shows that the benefits are 8 times the "cost" of maintenance. In fact, we should really call this “investment” in maintenance.
Summary and full reports can be downloaded from here.

Capacity building in rural land management: EKN – eftec training courses

EKNRural professionals need to know the practical implications of the ‘natural capital approach’ now advocated by government. Ecosystem Knowledge Network’s one-day CPD level course is delivered by Ian Dickie of eftec and Charles Cowap. It is designed to equip rural landowners, estate managers and their advisers to formulate responses that make short- and long-term business sense. Upcoming course locations and dates are:

•    Wetheral (near Carlisle) on 29th January 2020.
•    Taunton on 11th March 2020.

Further info and registration, see here.  

Climate Risk Survey for UK businesses by London School of Economics for the Committee on Climate Change

Climate Risk Survey for Businesses operating in the UK 

CCCAs part of the Third UK Climate Change Risk Assessment the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment at the London School of Economics in collaboration with the UK Committee on Climate Change are investigating climate risks to businesses and industry in the UK. This work will inform the UK Government’s climate change adaptation planning under the Climate Change Act. The research explores the direct and indirect impacts of climate change on businesses operating in the UK. Activities to reduce emissions (climate change mitigation) are not considered.

As part of this process we are conducting a survey of businesses with operations in the UK, regardless of size or sector.  We are inviting businesses in the UK to participate in this survey via this online link, which is open till 12th December 2019.

If the link above does not work please click here.The survey will take between 10-15 minutes and all responses will be anonymized. For further information please contact Dr Swenja Surminski,