Ecosystem Services and Natural Capital

Course schedule

Classroom Training:
1 - 5 Jul 2024London5 days£4,250
4 - 8 Nov 2024London5 days£4,250

Please note: prices shown above are exclusive of VAT (20%).

Course Overview

This course provides insights into the economic valuation of ecosystem services and natural capital, emphasising the importance of biodiversity and ecosystems in supporting economic development and sustainability.

Who Should Attend

  • Environmental planners and strategists seeking to integrate ecosystem services into decision-making
  • Policymakers and government officials aiming to develop policies that recognize the value of natural capital
  • Consultants in the fields of sustainability, ecology, and environmental economics
  • Researchers, academics, and students focused on environmental sciences, economics, and policy
  • NGOs, conservationists, and community leaders advocating for the protection and restoration of ecosystems

Course Outcomes

  • Comprehend the foundational concepts of ecosystem services and natural capital, and their significance in sustainable development
  • Identify the various types of ecosystem services and evaluate their contributions to human well-being
  • Understand the methodologies and tools for assessing and valuing ecosystem services
  • Explore policy frameworks, business strategies, and community practices that prioritize and protect these services
  • Craft actionable plans and strategies for the conservation, restoration, and sustainable use of natural capital

Course Topics

Introduction to Ecosystem Services and Natural Capital

  • Defining ecosystem services: The benefits nature provides to humanity
  • Understanding natural capital: The stock of renewable and non-renewable resources
  • Historical context and evolution of the concepts
  • The intrinsic and instrumental value of nature

Types and Contributions of Ecosystem Services

  • Provisioning services: Food water timber and medicinal resources
  • Regulating services: Climate regulation water purification and pollination
  • Cultural services: Aesthetic spiritual and recreational benefits
  • Supporting services: Soil formation nutrient cycling and primary production

Valuation and Assessment of Ecosystem Services

  • The importance of valuing nature: Making the invisible visible
  • Methodologies: Cost-based approaches benefit transfer contingent valuation and more
  • Challenges and limitations in valuation
  • Case studies: Successful valuation and its impact on decision-making

Policies and Business Strategies

  • The role of governments: Integrating ecosystem services into national policies
  • Business and natural capital: Risk management opportunity identification and corporate responsibility
  • Financing conservation: Payment for ecosystem services (PES) and green bonds
  • International frameworks: The Convention on Biological Diversity Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and more

Conservation Restoration and Future Trends

  • Strategies for conserving and enhancing ecosystem services
  • Restoration ecology: Reviving degraded ecosystems for enhanced services
  • Community-based conservation: Harnessing local knowledge and participation
  • The future of ecosystem services and natural capital: Innovations challenges and opportunities

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