Valuing Nature Annual Conference 2016

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:

  • Different approaches to valuing nature
  • Research into new ways to understand nature’s value and to communicate with different audiences
  • Developments in research, policy and business drivers and the application of valuation information in practice.

       Conference Programme 


Introduction – Rosie Hails

Valuing Nature Programme Coordination Team Activities

Lightning Talks 

Valuing landscape condition
Lisa Norton, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology 
SENCE maps to communicate natures value
Katie Medcalf, Environment Systems
BESS-EO: Earth Observation for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
Beth Cole, University of Leicester
Framework to target nature based solutions aimed at engaging people with nature
Liz O’Brien, Forest Research
Demonstrating the multiple benefits of wetlands for nature and society
Hannah Robson, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust
Manchester’s Great Outdoors: a Green & Blue Infrastructure Strategy
David Barlow, Manchester City Council
Wellbeing valuation and the University of Manchester Living Campus
Kelly Watson, University of Manchester

Valuing Nature Projects

Health & Wellbeing 

  • WetlandLIFE: Taking the Bite out of Wetlands 
        Presentation   Project Summary   -   Tim Acott, University of Greenwich
  • Green Infrastructure to promote Health & wellbeing In an Ageing population (GHIA) 
        Presentation   Project Summary   - Sarah Lindley, University of Manchester
  • Improving Wellbeing through Urban Nature (IWUN)  
        Presentation   Project Summary   -  Anna Jorgenson, University of Sheffield
  • CoastWEB: Valuing the contribution which coastal habitats make to human health and wellbeing, with a focus on coastal flooding 
        Presentation   Project Summary   -  Nicola Beaumont, Plymouth Marine Laboratory

Understanding ecosystem stocks and tipping points

  • Understanding ecosystem stocks and tipping points in UK blanket peatlands
      Presentation   Project Summary   -   Mark Reed, Newcastle University 
  • Identifying potential tipping points in benefits derived from the UK’s land ecosystems
    Presentation   Project Summary   -   Ian Bateman, University of Exeter
  • Mechanisms and consequences of tipping points in lowland agricultural landscapes
      Presentation   Project Summary   -   Adrian Newton, Bournemouth University


Parallel Sessions

A: Communicating Nature’s Value                                
    Jonathan Porter (Chair), Countryscape                        
    Adam Dutton, RSPB                                                      
    Euan Hall, Land Trust                                                   
    Natalie Ganpatsingh, Intelligent Healthcare

B: Making the Business Case
    Guy Duke (Chair), Independent Consultant
    Alice Sireyjol, PwC (ppt not uploaded)

C: Demystifying Economic Valuation

    Ece Ozdemiroglu, eftec (Chair) &
    Ian Bateman, University of Exeter
    Brett Day, University of Exeter
    Emily Connors,  Office of National Statistics                                                                                                              

D: Participatory Processes
     Jonathan Porter (Chair), Countryscape
     David Edwards, Forest Research
     Rosalind Bark, University of Leeds Marc Metzger,
     Anja Liski & Aster de Vries Lentsch, University of Edinburgh

E: Health Value of Green Space                                   
    Michael Winter (Chair), University of Exeter
    Euan Hall, The Land Trust
    Ben Williams, Centre for Sustainable Healthcare
    Dan Bloomfield, University of Exeter

F: Natural Capital Protocol
    Marta Santamaria, Natural Capital Coalition & Ece Ozdemiroglu, eftec