The first Valuing Nature Annual Conference was held in Manchester on 18 October 2016. This national event 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:
POSTNOTES are produced by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology, and are intended to be independent, balanced and accessible briefings on public policy issues related to science and technology.
The recent POSTNOTE summarising the evidence for health benefits from contact with nature is available here.
Natural England has published a series of “Access to Evidence” Information Notes on the links between the natural environment and human health.
These briefing notes summarise evidence of the relationships between the natural environment and a range of health outcomes: mental health, physical health, physiological health, and obesity.
The report, presentations and videos from business speakers and early career researchers at the Valuing Nature Business Impact School are now available.
Full details available HERE
The BBC reports on a new study which reveals outdoor exercise delivers an estimated £2.2bn of health benefits to adults in England each year,
Scientists calculated that more than eight million people each week took at least 30 minutes of "green exercise".
They hope the results highlight how encouraging more people to use parks will help reverse the trend of rising obesity levels across the UK.
The findings have been presented in the journal Preventative Medicine.
Valuing Nature will be at NERC's Into the Blue public engagement event taking place at Manchester Airport to celebrate the environmental science we live and breathe.
25 October, 2016 - 09:15 to Saturday, 29 October, 2016 - 17:15
More information is available from the NERC Into the Blue website
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We are delighted to announce that following the success of the Valuing Nature Business Impact School and the Placement Scheme early in 2016, we will be running these activities again in 2017 with funding from the Natural Environment Research Council.
We will publicise these opportunities through this website and via the Valuing Nature Network mailing list - sign up now if you're not already on the list.
Information on the events we ran earlier this year
Dr Lindsay Walker explores how urban green space and planning can impact on the mental health of residents in a new Natural Capital Initiative blog.
The Natural Capital Initiative is a UK partnership that aims to support decision-making that results in the sustainable management of our natural capital, by:
The LWEC Agriculture & Forestry Climate Change Impacts Report Card is the fifth in a series of such cards published by Living With Environmental Change Network.
The Agriculture and Forestry Sectors play a major role in UK primary production contributing to economic activity, jobs and the wellbeing of society; they produce food, fibre and fuel with UK agriculture currently providing around 50% of the food consumed in this country.