Rosie Hails discusses the Valuing Nature Programme

Stepping stones across a river - (c) NERC

I recently talked to Professor Rosie Hails, the head of the Programme Coordination Team (PCT) for the Valuing Nature Programme (VNP), about the importance of considering nature's cultural, social and economic services. Rosie also discusses the role of the VNP, and explains how the PCT works to bring research communities together. 

To learn more, please watch the video below or view it on the Valuing Nature YouTube channel



River restoration can return investment four-fold

A new report on river restoration projects across South West England shows that each £1 invested in restoration can generate between £1.90 and £4.50.

The projects, led by the Westcountry Rivers Trust, began in 2012 when the Trust won funding to deliver £4 million of river improvement work over three years. This independent report looks at the socio-economic and environmental returns of these river improvement projects, concluding that 'all projects generate substantial social benefits and support a variety of Ecosystem Services'.

How to speak for biodiversity - results of a BESAFE study

A new report, 'How to Argue for Biodiversity Conservation More Effectively', presents advice on how to engage people in biodiversity conservation. 

Published by BESAFE (Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Arguments for our Future Environment), it is designed to provide an answer as to why biodiversity is still in decline despite growing evidence that it is essential for human well-being. 

It recommends:

Offers now available

Valuing Nature Offers page

Researchers and end-users can now post their offers of collaboration, data, funding, and research on our offers page

Designed to facilitate partnerships and encourage interdisciplinary approaches, the offers page allows you to search by discipline, research area or role. 

For further information and to submit your own offer, please see the offers page.



Cultural Ecosystem Services: Exploring Frontiers in theory and practice

The Valuing Nature Programme (VNP) are co-hosting a special session on Cultural Ecosystem Services (CES) at the 11th International Conference of the European Society for Ecological Economics. The event is being held at the University of Leeds, UK on 30 June - 3 July 2015. The convenors are Jasper Kenter, a Valuing Nature Network researcher who co-led on ‘BRIDGE: bridging the gap between the supply of and demand for valuation evidence’ and Robert Fish of the VNP co-ordinating team.

New Valuing Nature website

This week saw the launch of the new Valuing Nature website. 

Created for Valuing Nature by Countryscape, the new website provides enhanced capabilities, communicating the diverse and interdisciplinary nature of our projects and connecting Valuing Nature Network members from around the world. 

If you have any comments or ideas for the website please get in touch.

Happy exploring!