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Applying a natural capital approach
Online CPD-level training for professionals who own or manage rural land in England.

Delivered by Charles Cowap MRICS FAAV PFIAgrM CEnv through the Ecosystems Knowledge Network. Includes input from Ian Dickie of eftec (the Economics for the Environment Consultancy).

Please note that this fourth course has been provided in response to high demand for the three courses (delivered in 2021).


This timely course provides familiarisation training for land agents, rural valuers and agricultural and rural business consultants in natural capital approaches and related terminology. Trainees will learn how to:

  • Lead colleagues and clients through a natural capital appraisal of rural assets
  • Identify, develop and exploit market opportunities for ecosystem services
  • Develop a business and professional foundation for future commercial development


The course comprises five interactive sessions of 90 minutes each.  Each session runs from 1.30 to 3 pm and take the form of briefings interspersed with discussion and activities designed to support learning.

Session 1 - Introduction and overview (24th January)

  • Key concepts relating to 'natural capital'. Legal, policy & economics background. Natural capital market segments. Implications for rural asset management and valuation.

Session 2 - Carbon on rural property (26th January)

  • Rural land in the carbon cycle. Sequestration. Measurement & footprinting. CO2 equivalence. Trade and values. Voluntary & statutory schemes.

Session 3 - Opportunities for biodiversity offsets and net gain (28th January)

  • The Environment Bill, Relationship to Environmental and Biodiversity Net Gain, Measurement of biodiversity – the Defra Metric, Biodiversity Net Gain Plans and its role in the planning system - Conservation Covenants

Session 4 - Natural capital and ecosystem service valuation (31st January, delivered in association with eftec, the Economics for the Environment Consultancy)

  • Concepts and methods in valuation. Data sources. Reporting. Use and abuse

Session 5 - Business opportunities for land management through natural capital evaluation (2nd February)

  • How natural capital approaches are being applied at present. Positioning the future of rural businesses. Legal, contractual and landlord-tenant aspects. Property valuation and its relationship to natural capital and ecosystem service valuations.


Start: 24 January 2022
End: 2 February 2022
Ecosystems Knowledge Network

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