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Date and Time: 
Friday, July 1, 2016 - 09:30 to 16:00


This seminar will examine the role of outdoor environments in supporting physical activity and associated health and wellbeing amongst older people. Outdoor environments have significant potential to promote, support and motivate physical activity, whether recreational or functional. 

The seminar will include sessions on:

Date and Time: 
Wednesday, June 8, 2016 - 16:00 to 17:15

University of Leeds

Mark Reed, professor of socio-technical innovation at Newcastle University and Lindsay Stringer, professor in environment and development at the University of Leeds, will be presenting the latest seminar in the Sustainability Seminar series, hosted by the Sustainability Research Institute at the University of Leeds. 

The Urban Forestry and Woodlands Advisory Committee (FWAC) Network, established by the Forestry Commission, has produced a vision for the urban forest in England.  This is that the urban forest will be considered as critical infrastructure for urban areas, on a par with utility, transport and the built environment; be viewed and managed as a whole and not considered as separate trees; and will inspire collaboration and creativity to ensure that the urban forest thrives and expands in a world of increasingly complex institutional, ownership, stakeholder and financial arrangements. 

Climate change and nature in Scotland

By Editor on 20th April 2016
Found in: Research and Resources

Scottish Natural Heritage has updated its 2012 action plan for 2016.  This revised plan is primarily for those involved in preparing and taking forward strategies and plans related to tackling climate change – local authorities, land managers, engineers and policy makers. 

Date and Time: 
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 09:00 to 17:00


Ecosystems Knowledge Network’s conference will consider the role of green infrastructure – the networks of natural features that are crucial for climate change adaptation and the health and well-being of city dwellers – and how a more effective case can be made for restoring the natural capital of our cities. 

Date and Time: 
Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 13:30 to Friday, June 24, 2016 - 16:30

Plymouth University

Sustainable Earth 2016 is an event for researchers, businesses, community groups and individuals to come together for two days of inspirational speakers, networking opportunities and creative workshops designed to spark and encourage collaborations for a sustainable Earth. 

Natural Capital Investment

By Editor on 20th April 2016
Found in: Events
Date and Time: 
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 - 17:30 to 21:00


This project, commissioned by Natural England, in collaboration with Dementia Adventure, the Mental Health Foundation and Innovations in Dementia, aims to investigate what the key benefits are from engaging with the natural environment, for people living with dementia, what the barriers are to them doing the; and what changes could be brought in to make the natural environment more accessible for people living with dementia.

This new report by Green Alliance assesses the pros and cons of two contrasting approaches to restoring the declining health of the UK’s natural environment – that of nature conservation and the more recent idea of natural capital, which assigns a value to natural assets and the benefits they can supply to society.  The report argues that neither approach is sufficient on its own for protecting the environment and restoring natural systems.  It concludes that the natural capital approach drives business action to reduce environmental impacts and maintain beneficial practices; nature conserv

The ecosystem approach is a set of principles to guide the planning, design and management of land and water for the benefit of society and can be applied to a wide range of spatial scales and settings. This recent review by the Ecosystems Knowledge Network is based on interviews with people involved in implementing or directing thirteen landscape-scale initiatives across the UK, as well as national experts with extensive experience of studying, formulating or applying public policy relating to landscapes in the UK.