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Exploring best practice: CPD-level Training


This course will include presentations with time for group discussion, as well as case studies and practical exercises.  There will be flexibility to accommodate the interests of participants. 

Who will the training benefit?

The course is for professionals involved in environmental assessment processes (EIA, SEA and SA) across diverse sectors including built infrastructure and development planning, transport, energy, water resources and flood risk management.  It will be applicable to environmental assessment practitioners and stakeholders working from project level to strategic plans; and in relation to terrestrial and marine environments. 

Why participate?

  • Incorporating ecosystem services and natural capital into environmental assessments of certain plans and projects can improve project and planning outcomes. 
  • Statutory terrestrial and marine planning processes are beginning to incorporate the ecosystem service concept;
  • Ecosystem services are already part of certain environmental assessment practice worldwide (e.g. IFC guidelines); and
  • Ecosystem service assessment forms an important part of managing natural capital, green infrastructure and natural resources as advocated by government in the UK.

What the course will cover

  • Why the ecosystem services concept might be useful in environmental assessment;
  • How the concept can be used in EIA, SA and SEA;
  • How you might use ecosystem services in theory and practice;
  • Challenges and opportunities (data requirements; legal compliance; guidance); and
  • The way forward.

Key learning outcomes

Following the course, participants will:

  • Be equipped to inform clients or colleagues on the merits of including the ecosystem services and natural concepts in environmental assessment processes.  They will understand the principles and the steps involved in applying ecosystem service and natural capital concepts.
  • Be familiar with the ongoing debate over integration of ecosystem services and natural capital into environmental assessment;
  • Understand the key principles and steps involved in applying the ecosystem services concept in environmental assessment, and the relationship with legal compliance with EU EIA and SEA Directives; and
  • Have an overview of key tools / methods that can support the consideration of ecosystem services as part of environmental assessment.

Course materials

All participants will receive copies of the presentations and other course materials for their own personal use after the event.


Dr Bill Sheate

Technical Director of Collingwood Environmental Planning and Reader in Environmental Assessment at Imperial College London. Bill has worked, lectured and published widely on environmental assessment and policy for over 30 years. He has been an expert advisor to the European Commission, the European Environment Agency, various national governments, WWF, RSPB, CPRE, the National Trust and many others.

Spela Kolaric

Senior Consultant at Collingwood Environmental Planning. An environmental and spatial planning professional experienced in sustainable urban and spatial planning practices, especially green infrastructure and nature-based solutions, and environmental challenges posed by human activities. She has worked in academic research and consultancy in sustainability of European Union's sector policies; territorial cohesion; and EIA including work on the Solvenian Spatial Development Strategy 2050.

Continuing Professional Development

The course, involving five hours of tuition time may be used towards CPD credits. Certificates of attendance will be available on request.


Start: 10 March 2020
End: 10 March 2020
Ecosystems Knowledge Network

Taunton, UK

The Castle at Taunton, Castle Green, Taunton, Somerset
TA1 1NF Taunton England
United Kingdom

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