Tom McKenna, Scottish Natural Heritage & Lisa Norton, Centre for Eology & Hydrology

Assessing and measuring change in natural capital at a national level is vitally important for sustainable development. A wide variety of approaches have been taken by the devolved administrations and the Office for National Statistics. The session will explore these approaches across England, Scotland, Wales and the whole of the UK, including a discussion of the benefits and issues associated with each of them.  Observed data on the status and trends in natural capital is vital for all approaches, and hence the session will also focus on the future direction of natural capital monitoring within the UK.

The session kicks-off with short presentations from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, Joint Nature Conservation Committee, Office for National Statistics, Natural England, Scottish Natural Heritage and Natural Resources Wales. Through an interactive session with participants we then aim to understand wider views about natural capital monitoring, in particular, where gaps, opportunities and threats to natural capital monitoring exist.

Speakers:

  • Lisa Norton, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology and Ann Thornton, Joint Nature Conservation Committee
  • Jane Lusardi, Natural England
  • Tom McKenna, Scottish Natural Heritage
  • Adam Dutton, Office for National Statistics
  • Russel Elliott, Natural Resources Wales

This session is scheduled for Day 2, 22 may 2019, 1pm-2.30pm.