Valuing Nature Programme Coordination Team

Lead Research Organisation: NERC Centre for Ecology and Hydrology
Department Name: Directors and Science Coordinators

Abstract

The concepts behind Valuing Nature are coming of age, emerging from the Millennium Assessment, and in the UK the subsequent UK National Ecosystem Assessment and the Natural Environment & Water White Papers published in 2011. Valuing Nature necessitates the bringing together of a wide range of disciplines: including the natural and social sciences, economics and the humanities. It also requires engagement from a broad range of business and policy interests. This presents significant challenges in cross disciplinary working. Building on lessons learnt in the first phase of the Valuing Nature Network (and through our Programme Advisory Goard, the RELU and BESS programmes and the HOPE initiative), this proposal aims to provide an innovative set of activities that will extend beyond the more traditional conference formats to include a) interactive sessions that build a shared understanding of concepts and vocabularies; and b) themed activities in partnership with other major consortia and initiatives in this field (e.g. NW+) (WP 1). We will also engage with key business and policy stakeholders designing events using interactive formats such as a) surgery sessions; b) dialogue sessions and c) 'unconference' events. The emphasis here is on mutual information exchange and learning, and will again be delivered in partnership with such organisations as NCI, Eftec and the KTN (WP2). Finally, our last work package (WP3) provides the behind the scenes building blocks to deliver such an interdisciplinary programme, including programme management, communications, data management, web site, monitoring and evaluating programme activies, and establishing a longer term legacy for Valuing Nature.
The overarching aim of this programme is to provide the interdisciplinary science needed to put the value of nature at the core of the economy. This requires a truly integrated response to the research challenges posed involving the full range of constituents outlined in our proposal. If this is successfully implemented, then the impact of this research programme will be very significant in terms of the societal benefits it will bring.

Planned Impact

The concept of Natural Capital was given prominence in the Government's 2011 Natural Environment White Paper The Natural Choice. It was recognised that we need to better account for natural capital in the development of our economy and promote the sustainable use of the scarce resources on which we depend. Using physical and social sciences to understand and demonstrate the value of nature to human wellbeing is a key approach in this regard. Evidence is needed to reduce the fundamental conflict between the drive for economic growth and the health of the natural environment, and in addition to collating existing and creating new evidence, we also need to make that evidence more accessible to different users and stakeholder groups. This is the focus of the Valuing Nature Programme (VNP).
The Valuing Nature Network (VNN) laid the foundations for an interdisciplinary research community, with more than 1,200 members joining the network in its first two years from across a wide range of sectors. The VNP will build on these achievements through engagement, dialogue and communication with stakeholders and beneficiaries including, but not limited to:
1. Biodiversity: Ecosystems Knowledge Network (EKN), BESS research programme, Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), NGO Biodiversity sector.
2. Economics: UK Network for Environmental Economists, Government Economic Service, Natural Capital Committee, The Prince's Accounting for Sustainability Project, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), GLOBE International.
3. Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities: Nexus Network Plus, Centre for Environmental Arts and Humanities.
4. Business: NC coalition (was TEEB4Business), EU Business @ Biodiversity Platform, Aldersgate Group, Ecosystem Markets Task Force (EMTF), Cambridge Programme for Sustainability Leadership (CPSL).
5. Policy & Government: Smith School, Natural Capital Initiative, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and its agencies, Scottish Forum on Natural Capital, Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC), Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG), Department of Health (DH), Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS), Technology Strategy Board, devolved governments and their agencies, European Environment and Sustainable Development Advisory Councils (EEAC).
6. Health: Centre for Sustainable Healthcare, European Centre for Environment and Human Health (ECEHH), public health agencies in England and the devolved governments.
These groups represent stakeholders and users in the academic, business, government, and NGO sectors. They will benefit from the VNP through the development of a common language and goals for work involving natural capital, and through advances in methodologies and knowledge shared among different audiences. The VNP will foster interdisciplinary working resulting in successful research outcomes and the sharing of good practice in this area. It will lead to the strengthening of existing partnerships and the fostering of new ones. The programme will help to advance valuation analyses to allow the capture of the physical and social values associated with nature for both business and government. The VNP will inform policy development and decision-making, and illustrate how the ecosystem approach can be put into practice. These outcomes will allow the programme to contribute to changing the way we value nature in the UK, and enable us the share experience and innovation in this area across Europe and internationally. Ultimately the programme aims to benefit the general public through increases in the effectiveness of public services and policy, reduced environmental impact by more efficient use of nature by business and resulting increases in health and well-being.

Related Projects

Project Reference Relationship Related To Start End Award Value
NE/M005410/1 01/11/2014 30/11/2019 £2,104,034
NE/M005410/2 Transfer NE/M005410/1 01/12/2019 31/03/2021 £209,031
 
Description NERC Careers Funding - to run Valuing Nature Business Impact School 2 & Valuing Nature Placement Scheme 2
Amount £190,000 (GBP)
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2016 
End 03/2017
 
Description NERC Careers Funding - to run Valuing Nature Business Impact School 3 & Valuing Nature Placement Scheme 3
Amount £212,800 (GBP)
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2017 
End 03/2018
 
Description NERC Impact Funding - for Natural Capital Synthesis Reports
Amount £50,000 (GBP)
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2017 
End 03/2018
 
Description NERC Innovation funding - Global Goals - Joining the Dots project
Amount £56,423 (GBP)
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2017 
End 03/2017
 
Description NERC Science Budget - For A Graphic guide / Visual primer to Valuing Nature
Amount £20,000 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/M005410/2 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2019 
End 03/2020
 
Description NERC Science Budget - For Business Impact Brokering
Amount £54,200 (GBP)
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2018 
End 03/2020
 
Description NERC Science Budget - For International Summit
Amount £65,000 (GBP)
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2018 
End 03/2020
 
Description NERC Science Budget - For Reclaiming Wetland Values: Marsh, Mud and Wonder Exhibition
Amount £12,000 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/M005410/2 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2019 
End 03/2020
 
Description NERC Science Budget - For the Business Impact Conference
Amount £60,000 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/M005410/2 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2019 
End 03/2020
 
Description NERC Science Budget - For the Valuing Nature Programme - Website & Twitter Legacy
Amount £16,000 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/M005410/2 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2019 
End 03/2020
 
Description NERC Science Budget - For the Valuing Nature additional staff time to de-risk project in final year
Amount £10,000 (GBP)
Funding ID NE/M005410/2 
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2019 
End 03/2020
 
Description NERC Science Research - to run Placements Round 1 and Business Impact School 1
Amount £230,000 (GBP)
Organisation Natural Environment Research Council 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 10/2015 
End 03/2016
 
Description AALERT Workshop: Arts and the Artist in Landscape and Environmental Research Today 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The AALERT workshop brought together artists and researchers to foster debate and dialogue about the role of arts and the artist in landscape and environmental research today by cutting across disciplinary perspectives and professional practices. This one day event was held at the National Gallery in London. It was jointly sponsored by the Valuing Nature Programme and Landscape Research Group, and supported by the Landscape & Arts Network, and organised by the University of Reading. The workshop will explore and re-consider the contribution of the arts in shaping knowledge and communicating meaning in new interdisciplinary contexts of research around landscapes, the environment and 'valuing nature' agendas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://valuing-nature.net/news/workshop-arts-and-artist-landscape-and-environmental-research-today-a...
 
Description Accounting for National Nature Reserves: A Natural Capital Account of the National Nature Reserves managed by Natural England 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The webinar featured a short introduction and a presentation followed by an opportunity for questions. Presenters included Ruth Waters, Deputy Chief Scientist, Principal Specialist Ecosystem Approach and Natural Capital, and Tim Sunderland, Economics Principal Specialist, both from Natural England.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://valuing-nature.net/NE_VN-webinar-reports
 
Description Business Impact Conference : Valuing nature research and innovation in support of business 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Conference, held at the Royal Society London, was attended by over 120 delegates representing over 70 different businesses and third sector groups. The conference offered both a retrospective and a forward-look on Natural Assets valuation, and the research and innovation agenda in support of business and policy. Duncan Wingham (Chief Executive NERC) opened the conferences and the first session included three keynote presentations representing different sectors i) a business perspective - Ian Cheshire, Chair Barclays Bank UK PLC ii) a Government perspective - Alastair Johnson, Senior Economic Adviser, Defra iii) a perspective from the research community - Charles Godfray, Director, Oxford Martin School, University of Oxford. Further sessions included a showcase of work carried out nder the Valuing Naure Programme (e.g. Business Impact Schools, Business Placements and VN research projects). Afternoon breakout sessions explored three themes i) key knowledge gaps, metrics, data issues; ii) Applying/repurposing knowledge, data and evidence for business and 3. Learning by doing (piloting, demonstrating, scaling, developing new markets, stimulating investment).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://valuing-nature.net/business-impact-conference-2020
 
Description Business Interest Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The meeting had a recap of business impact work under the Valuing Nature Programme. The group provided feedback and advice on the planned Cross sector workshop and the Business Impact Conference on Natural Assets Research and Innovation for Business.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://valuing-nature.net/business-interest-group
 
Description Cross-sector Workshop 'Towards a Natural Assets Research and Innovation Agenda in support of business and policy. 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The one-day cross-sector workshop brought together 35 delegates from the key sectors with selected senior policy-makers and leading academics in order to articulate priority R&I needs for the Natural Assets R&I Agenda. The sectors were Infrastructure, Land Management, Finance, Academia and Public Sector. The purpose of the workshop was to develop a major new 'Natural Assets R&I Agenda' for consideration by NERC, other UKRI Councils and other funders (including the private sector). Breakout groups explored a number of key areas including 1) Basic research needs and what data on natural assets is optimally required and can be enhanced; 2) Knowledge exchange, training and capacity-building; 3) Frameworks, standards, models, metrics and other tools for business; 4) Assessing risks and resilience in relation to natural assets 5) Pilots, demonstration, scaling of new business models and solutions 6) Developing natural asset markets, stimulating investment in business solutions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Defra Tipping Points Seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Ran a lunchtime seminar at Defra in London, with presentations from Valuing Nature projects on Tipping Points - this resulted in an invitation for follow up discussions with Defra staff
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Keynote Lecture 2: Richard Gunton 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This Valuing Nature Keynote Lecture was held in Edinburgh University - the speaker was Dr Richard Gunton from the University of Surrey, the lecture title was "Beyond Ecosystem Services and Natural Capital: Valuing the Invaluable". The 45 minute talk was followed by responses from a panel: Michael Winter, Emily Brady and Guy Duke, and a Q&A session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://valuing-nature.net/event/valuing-nature-keynote-lecture-series-valuing-invaluable-edinburgh
 
Description Keynote Lecture 3: Tom Oliver 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This Valuing Nature Keynote Lecture was held at the University of Greenwich - the speaker was Prof Tom Oliver from the University of Reading, the lecture title was "An optimist's guide to managing ecosystem services". The 45 minute talk was followed by responses from a panel: Michael Winter, Georgina Mace, Charles Godfray and Rob Fish, and a Q&A session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://valuing-nature.net/news/sign-keynote-lecture-optimist%E2%80%99s-guide-managing-ecosystem-serv...
 
Description Keynote Lecture 4: Sian Sullivan 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This Valuing Nature Keynote Lecture was held at the University of Exeter - the speaker was Prof Sian Sullivan from the University of Bath Spa, the lecture title was "Making nature investable? Considering some outcomes of coupling 'nature' with 'capital'". The 45 minute talk was followed by responses from a panel: Michael Winter, Guy Duke, and Nicola Beaumont, and a Q&A session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://valuing-nature.net/news/keynote-lecture-series-making-nature-investable-considering-some-outc...
 
Description Keynote Lecture 5: Paula Harrison 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This Valuing Nature Keynote Lecture was held in London at Friends House on Euston Road. The speaker was Paula Harrison from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, the lecture title was "Understanding linkages between biodiversity and ecosystem services for exploring the impacts of environmental change". The 45 minute talk was followed by responses from a panel: Rob Fish, Michael Winter and Rosie Hails, and a Q&A session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://valuing-nature.net/news/keynote-lecture-series-understanding-linkages-between-biodiversity-an...
 
Description Keynote Lecture 6: Andrew Lovett 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This Valuing Nature Keynote Lecture was held in London at Friends House. The speaker was Professor Andrew Lovett from the University of East Anglia. The 45 minute lecture was followed by a panel discussion chaired by Professor Michael Winter with Professor Neil Strachan, Director, UCL Energy Institute and the Hon. Professor Peter Pearson Imperial College London and Ece Ozdemiroglu, Managing Director of eftec (Economics of the Environment Consultancy) and member of the Climate Change Committee - Adaptation Sub-Committee.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://valuing-nature.net/keynote-lecture6
 
Description Keynote Lecture 7: James Bullock 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This Valuing Nature Keynote Lecture was held in London. It was given by Professor James Bullock from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH). This 45 minute lecture was followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session chaired by Professor Michael Winter with Professor Rosie Hails Director of Nature and Science at the National Trust, Jonathan Porter, Technical Director of Countryscape and Professor Geraldene Wharton.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://valuing-nature.net/Keynote_lecture7
 
Description Keynote Lecture 8 - Professor Sue Hartley : Managing agricultural landscapes sustainably: balancing production with benefits for people and nature 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This Valuing Nature Keynote Lecture was given by Professor Sue Hartley, OBE, Director, York Sustainability Institute. This 45 minute lecture was followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session chaired by Professor Michael Winter with Professor Rosie Hails (Director of Nature and Science at the National Trust), Teresa Dent CBE (Chief Executive of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust and a board member of Natural England) and Allan Law (Deputy Chief Executive, Natural England).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://valuing-nature.net/keynote-lecture-managing-agricultural-landscapes-sustainably
 
Description Launched the Valuing Nature Programme Health and Wellbeing Call 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact 1. Launched the Valuing Nature Programme Health & Wellbeing Call (July 2015). This built on a series of VN engagement activities to publicise the call, develop the VN transdisciplinary community and obtain input on research priorities from researchers, decision makers and business representatives. These included a web survey, a scoping meeting at the Royal Society (50 attendees) and the VN Business Interest Group meeting hosted by Willis in the City of London (17 attendees including Marks & Spencer, United Utilities, Welsh Water). Reports on research priorities and business interests were published on the VN website and used to inform the drafting of the call. The 120 attendees of the launch meeting included researchers from across the natural sciences, social & economic sciences, and arts & humanities, as well as research users. Networking activities at the event enabled people to find partnerships / placements / case studies / datasets. This opportunity was also available to people who could not attend the event through an "Offers Platform" on the VN website. over 180 offers were submitted and the idea for the Offers Platform was replicated by the BBSRC Global Food Security Programme. Videos of the launch presentations on the VN website were viewed 200 times.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2015
URL http://valuing-nature.net/health-wellbeing-funding-call
 
Description Multiple Values of Nature (Joint Symposium) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was a Joint Meeting of the British Ecological Society Journal, People and Nature, and the Valuing Nature Programme and was attended by over 100 delegates. The meeting was an interdisciplinary event reflecting the ethos of both People and Nature and the Valuing Nature Programme. It covered many aspects of the multiple values of nature broadly falling under three themes i) Balancing Multiple Values: Opportunities and challenges; ii) Values in action: Exploring processes of change and transformation and iii) Beyond the Usual Suspects: Finding Diverse Support for Nature Protection.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://valuing-nature.net/joint-symposium-multiple-values-nature
 
Description Natural Capital Reports and Webinars 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact A series of five webinars on the Valuing Nature Natural Capital Reports - each had 50-100 attendees. Report authors presented and answered questions on their reports. Videos of the webinars are available on the Valuing Nature website.
The Valuing Nature Programme commissioned a set of reports which aim to share current research understanding on Natural Capital with decision makers in governments and businesses. The reports were developed by HEI researchers through engagment with decision makers and also identify future research needs:
• The Natural Capital valuation of floodplains in relation to preventing floods, storing carbon, and supporting biodiversity
• The Natural Capital valuation of soil in relation to producing food, storing carbon and regulating water supply.
• Natural Capital trade-offs from the afforestation of peatlands in relation to the effect on storing carbon, controlling water supply, supporting biodiversity, providing recreational spaces and preserving a record of the past
• How businesses are using Natural Capital assessments in practice
• The Natural Capital of Temporary Rivers
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://valuing-nature.net/NatCapWebinars
 
Description Organised Keynote Lecture at Defra on Rewilding 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Valuing Nature Programme Coordination Team (primarily Prof Michael Winter of the University of Exeter) organised the a Valuing Nature Keynote Lecture on "Rewilding and the Uplands" at Defra in London on 22 September 2016. The lecture was given by Dr Paul Jepson from the University of Oxford. Dr Jepson is a Senior Research Fellow at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment and Course Director of the Oxford MSc in Biodiversity, Conservation and Management. The 45 minute lecture was followed by responses from the following Panelists:
Michael Winter (Chair) - Professor of Land Economy and Society, and the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP). Member of Valuing Nature Programme Co-ordinating Team
Julia Aglionby - Executive Director of the Foundation for Common Land.
Robin Milton - Exmoor farmer and Chair of the NFU Hill and Uplands Farming group.
Guy Duke - Member of Valuing Nature Programme Co-ordinating Team and Deputy Chair of the Joint Nature Conservation Committee.
Around 80 delegates attended. The timing and venue were selected to follow on from a meeting of The Upland Alliance, so attendees included farmers and landowners, members of the public and defra staff.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://valuing-nature.net/event/valuing-nature-keynote-lecture-series-rewilding-and-uplands-london
 
Description Organised a meeting betweeen the Valuing Nature Business Interest Group and Valuing Nature researchers 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Valuing Nature Programme Coordination Team arranged a meeting between the seven Valuing Nature research projects and the Valuing Nature Business Interest Group (BIG) in January 2017. The research projects each presented their work, and BIG members then identified potential business interests related to each project, and contact details were exchanged. BIG attendees included representatives from Willmott Dixon, Wessex Water, Willis Towers Watson, United Utilities and Nestle. Specific business sectors with an interest in the Health & Wellbeing projects including port managers, water utilities, landowners, social care developers and providers, landscape architects and managers, fast-moving consumer goods (FMCGs), insurance, tourism and recreation. Specific business sectors with an interest in the Tipping Point projects included peatland landowners and managers, infrastructure companies & businesses owning facilities vulnerable to flooding, insurers, farmers and water utilities. BIG members were supportive of PCT proposals to pursue funding to carry out "Business Impact Brokering" to provide coaching/brokering support to projects to foster business engagement and impact.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://valuing-nature.net/business-interest-group
 
Description Organised the Valuing Nature Annual Conference 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Valuing Nature Programme Coordination Team planned and ran the first Valuing Nature Annual Conference which was held in Manchester on 18 October 2016. It was attended by 170 people and provided the opportunity for researchers, practitioners, business and policy makers to share knowledge and research. The conference included presentations, interactive sessions, posters and networking opportunities. The topics covered included (i) Diverse approaches to valuing nature (ii) Research into new ways to understand nature's value and to communicate with different audiences (iii) Developments in research, policy and business drivers and the application of valuation information in practice.
Feedback from attendees was very positive (average score 8/10), particularly in terms of the balance of content and the diversity of researchers and research users who attended.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://valuing-nature.net/valuing-nature-annual-conference-2016-0
 
Description Presentation to Defra 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Rosie Hails gave a presentation on the Valuing Nature Programme to Defra Strategy and Implementation Unit. Defra staff were interested in how they could use Valuing Nature project research, and follow up meetings were requested.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation to Landscape Institute Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Rosie Hails gave a presentation on the Valuing Nature Programme to c220 attendees of Valuing Landscape Conference 2018: Connecting People, Place & Nature. Audience of leaders and practitioners with a focus on policy, planning and management.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation to Natural England Science Advisory Council 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Michael Winter gave a presentation to Natural England Science Advisory Committee on the Valuing Nature Programme Research Projects. He was invited to bring the project findings to this group when they are available.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation to Westminster Energy, Environment and Transport Forum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Prof Rosie Hails gave a presentation as part of the Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum Keynote Seminar:
"Policy priorities for protecting natural capital in England and the role of a 25-year Environment Plan". The presentation gave an overview of research in this area and noted the importance of the Valuing Nature Programme research projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Ran Naturally Healthy? workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Naturally Healthy? was a Valuing Nature event, delivered by the Ecosystems Knowledge Network and the Centre for Sustainable Healthcare. This invitation only event for 40 people focused on assessing the value of the natural outdoors for public health purposes. It considered approaches to assessing the cost-effectiveness of addressing public health priorities through improved access to the natural outdoors. It brought together researchers in health economics with representatives of public health bodies and the national health service, with representatives from England, Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Presentations and discussions addressed key issues and case studies, small group discussions considered how cost-effectiveness could be appraised, and a final panel discussion identified future research priorities. A report and webinar will be produced as outputs of the meeting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Ran Valuing Nature Business Impact School 2 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The Valuing Nature Programme Coordination Team (led by Guy Duke our Business Champion) organised the second Valuing Nature Business Impact School in London in March 2017. 25 Early Career Researchers attended the three day school to gain insight into producing research with business impact. Day 1 & 2 of the event was hosted by Willis Towers Watson in their meeting rooms on the 22nd Floor of the Willis Building in the City of London. Business speakers included representatives from Willmott Dixon, Interserve, Wessex Water, Greater London Authority, AECOM, eftec and Willis Towers Watson. Day 2 included a hands on session on Knowledge Exchange with business. Day 3 consisted of a tour of Windsor Great Park which has implemented a Natural Capital Accounting approach.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://valuing-nature.net/sites/default/files/images/VNP%20BIS2%20Programme%20FINAL.pdf
 
Description Ran a Valuing Nature Stand at the NERC Into the Blue Public Engagement Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Valuing Nature Programme Coordination Team designed and ran a stand at the NERC public engagement event in Manchester which was attended by over 5000 people. The stand provided an immersive experience where you were surrounded by real plants and could listen to birdsong and watch a video of a woodland scene. There was a visible affect on visitors who could be seen to relax as they experienced the natural environment. The stand provided a platform for the Valuing Nature projects to share their research, and provided an opportunity for visitors to consider "what is the value of nature to you?". The activities for children included valuing nature Bingo and leaf art competition, which both proved very popular. The added incentive of a gold chocolate coin as a reward for participation provided a further opportunity to consider different approaches to valuing nature! There has been interest from public engagement specialists and from NERC in rolling out the approach more widely.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://valuing-nature.net/valuing-nature-nerc-blue
 
Description Ran a stand at British Ecological Society Annual Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The Valuing Nature Programme Coordination Team ran a stand at the British Ecological Society Annual Meeting in Liverpool in December 2016. The meeting was attended by c1600 ecologists. The stand provided an opportunity to showcase Valuing Nature research and to stimulate thinking by ecologists about Valuing Nature questions. The stand publicised opportunities to engage with Valuing Nature activities, especially the Business Impact School and Placement Scheme.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity Pre-2006,2008,2016
 
Description Ran the Valuing Nature and Participatory Decision Making Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The Valuing Nature Programme Coordination Team (primarily Dr Robert Fish of the University of Kent) ran a "Valuing Nature and Participatory Decision Making Conference" on 19 & 20 July 2016, in Canterbury. This was a joint event with the University of Kent. It brought together over 80 natural and social scientists with practitioners to examine the interface between participatory approaches and valuation analyses. The conference asked: how might a participatory approach transform the way valuation analyses are carried out within research and practice? And, how might valuing nature agendas affect the way researchers and practitioners think and go about participation? The event will lead to a special edition of the international peer-reviewed journal Environmental Values.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://valuing-nature.net/valpart
 
Description Reclaiming Wetland Values: Marsh, Mud and Wonder 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Coinciding with World Wetlands Day on the 2nd Feb, 2020 this week long exhibition focused on the importance of wetlands to supporting life and communities. Hosted by the Royal Geographical Society the exhibition was derived from a collation of research findings from two projects, CoastWEB and WetlandLIFE, funded through the UKRI Valuing Nature programme. The exhibition uses a range of innovative and engaging media and includes work on mosquito ecology, saltmarsh capacity to influence coastal erosion and flooding, findings on the social and cultural value of wetland spaces, and economic valuations of wetlands. A special Stakeholder Day was held to showcase the exhibition to researchers, artists, policy makers and practitioners.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://valuing-nature.net/https%3A//valuing-nature.net/wetlandvalues
 
Description Research Council Presentation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Rosie Hails gave a presentation on the Valuing Nature Programme at Swindon Office for Research Council Staff. This took the messages from this interdisciplinary funding to an audience from a range of research councils.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Social Values Workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Social Values Workshop
A two day workshop for academic researchers was held in York in June 2018 on "Social Values". 20 attendees gave presentations which are now being developed into a special edition of the journal Sustainability Science on "Theoretical traditions in social values for sustainability", along with a synthesis/future direction paper based on knowledge gaps and insights identified. The workshop brought together diverse social science, natural science and humanities disciplines, to present and evaluate theories, concepts and methods for the assessment and application of social values in conservation and sustainability management.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://valuing-nature.net/theoretical-traditions-social-values
 
Description Stand at British Ecological Society Meeting in Ghent 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The Valuing Nature Programme Coordination Team ran an interactive stand at this three day conference. The conference was held in Ghent as a joint meeting with research organisations from Germany (GFO), the Netherlands (NecoV) and the European Ecological Federation (EEF), so reaching an international audience. We gave a presentation and ran an interactive exercise at the stand to identify research and practice interests, and used the event to promote a funding call to develop policy/practice evidence briefings on Natural Capital.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Tipping Points Workshop 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Joint Workshop between Valuing Nature Tipping Point projects and EPSRC RECoVER Network (mathematics) Research on Changes of Variability and Environmental Risk. This workshop brought together Valuing Nature Researchers from the natural sciences with mathematicians to explore how theoretical concepts of tipping points could help understanding for the Valuing Nature projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Tipping Points Workshop 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Second Joint Workshop between Valuing Nature Tipping Point projects and EPSRC RECoVER Network (mathematics) Research on Changes of Variability and Environmental Risk. This workshop brought together Valuing Nature Researchers from the natural sciences with mathematicians to explore how theoretical concepts of tipping points could help understanding for the Valuing Nature projects. The outcome will be a review paper, with examples of application in policy and practice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Valuing Nature Annual Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The final Annual Conference of the Valuing Nature Programme was held at The Royal Society in London in October 2018. This 2-day conference brought together researchers, practioners, business and policy to share and explore the outputs of the Valuing Nature programme and beyond. This year we decided to shine a spotlight on the seven VN projects from our two research areas Human Health & Wellbeing and Tipping Points. There were over 60 individual presentations, x posters, a theatre workshop, cinema and pop-up bird hide.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://valuing-nature.net/ValNat19/overview
 
Description Valuing Nature Annual Conference 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The third Annual Conference of the Valuing Nature Programme was held in Cardiff in November 2018. This 2-day conference brought together people from diverse research areas and from business, policy and practice with the common goal of tackling Valuing Nature challenges.
Over 200 delegates enjoyed the opportunity to:
• Share research findings and experience of applying Valuing Nature approaches in practice
• Participate in activities and discussions with people with diverse perspectives to help find common ground
• Contribute to development of the future Valuing Nature agenda in the UK and internationally
Presentations, posters and videos are available on the Valuing Nature website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://valuing-nature.net/ValNat18L
 
Description Valuing Nature Business Impact School 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact From 2 March, the Valuing Nature Programme ran a three-day Business Impact School to provide early career researchers with an opportunity to gain insight into producing research with business impact. The Natural Environment Research Council funded this School to help develop a Valuing Nature research community with a broader understanding of how to translate research into private sector decision making and innovation.
The event was hosted by Willis Towers Watson in the City of London. Business speakers included Willis Towers Watson, Nestle, United Utilities, National Grid, WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff, Aldersgate Group, Interserve, Intelligent Health and the Satellite Applications Catapult. Participants had opportunities to interact with speakers, including a 'hands-on' session on designing research for business impact.
The School included field trips to Windsor Great Park to see how natural capital accounting has been implemented, and to the National Grid Environmental Education Centre at Iver to see valuing nature-based education services in practice.
The 25 participants were current UK PhD students or have been recently awarded PhDs. Their areas of research interest include investment in ecosystem services from urban forests, links between ecological health and human health, and measuring the green economy.
Videos and presentations from the School will be available on the Valuing Nature website: valuing-nature.net. Activity from the School was be tweeted from @ValuingN #VNbis2016
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://valuing-nature.net/news/valuing-nature-business-impact-school-london-2-4-march-2016
 
Description Valuing Nature Business Interest Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Valuing Nature Business Impact Group met in June 2018 to steer business engagement plans for the Valuing Nature Programme Coordination Team. They provided feedback on and endorsed pland for Business Impact Brokering, Business Round Tables, a Business Impact Conference and future business engagement with research on valuing nature.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://valuing-nature.net/business-interest-group
 
Description Valuing Nature Business Round Tables 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Three Business Round Tables were held with industry representatives. Each meeting focused on how to better integrate natural capital into business decision making, in terms of (a) applying research knowledge and data, and (b) scoping future research and innovation investments.

The three meetings focussed on 3 different sectors: (i) infrastructure (ii) land management and (iii) green finance. Each meeting was The meeting was attended by 20-25 business representatives e.g. ARUP, United Utilities, Kier Utilities, Network Rail, London Underground, National Grid and EDFEnergy. A series of reports will be published in 2019
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Valuing our Life Support Systems : Natural Capital Initiative Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact "The Valuing Nature Programme led a session at NCI 2019 - Valuing Our Life Support Systems conference. The session entitled 'Valuing nature - what works? What have we learned from the Valuing Nature Programme about working across disciplines and with decision-makers?'. The aims of the session were to demonstrate key findings from the Valuing Nature Programme projects focusing on interdisciplinary research and future challenges. It included a break-out session to explore the dos and don'ts (and how tos) of
interdisciplinary research plus the future challenges and how to tackle them through 'Valuing Nature'. Some of the key outputs arising from the session included: a) Broader need for interdisciplinary approaches in policy, governance, modelling, art and psychology; b) the above is dependent on disciplinary excellence, communication, respect and relationships + a wide range of expertise; c) more attention to be given to arts based research, as art can deepen complexity of research and d) disciplinary equality is key for collaboration - it's about people."
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://valuing-nature.net/valuing-our-life-support-systems-nci-2019
 
Description Workshop: Valuing Nature and Sustainable Intensification in dialogue: enabling researchers to work across environment and farming policy interests 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This three day workshop for Early Career Researchers was aimed at supporting the development of capability for researchers to work across the diverse disciplines needed to link Sustainable Intensification and Natural Capital frameworks.
The workshop included:
- presentations from experts in Sustainable Intensification, Natural Capital and interdisciplinary working
- interactive sessions where attendees work in groups to consider research evidence and prioritise research needs and opportunities
- networking opportunities to build connections with researchers from other disciplines
- experience of cross-disciplinary working in groups to develop an output to be completed after the meeting (e.g. a research bid, a policy and practice impact paper, a "thought-piece" or a peer-reviewed journal paper). Each group will be supported by a mentor with experience in the area.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://valuing-nature.net/VNSIRN_workshop