Sustainable Agriculture: show me the money #LPE13

The annual LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) President's Event takes place today, 5 November, at the headquarters of HSBC in Canary Wharf, East London. The theme of the event is Sustainable Agriculture: Show me the money, and I am speaking on the Valuation of Ecosystem Services. Here are my slides: The key message is summed … Continue reading Sustainable Agriculture: show me the money #LPE13

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Biodiversity offsetting, peat, conservation covenants and newts on the move

Defra, the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has issued a consultation paper (Green Paper) on biodiversity offsetting and development.  This paper represents a major government commitment to the introduction of biodiversity offsetting as a means to mitigate the environmental impact of development.  Government plans to have definite proposals ready by the end … Continue reading Biodiversity offsetting, peat, conservation covenants and newts on the move

Pilot UK Peatland Code

Follow this link for details of an event in London on 10 June to learn about the new Peatland Carbon Code, to meet the team responsible for writing it and to provide your initial thoughts and feedback in preparation for a pilot project to start in September this year.  Or go to this link to … Continue reading Pilot UK Peatland Code

PEATLAND RESTORATION AND INVESTMENT IN THE SOUTH WEST

The Natural Environment Research Council has funded practical research work in the South West to develop a scheme for the practical restoration of peatland for water management, the reduction of atmospheric carbon and biodiversity habitat management.  This work has been led from Leeds and Birmingham City Universities, and supported with additional funding from South West … Continue reading PEATLAND RESTORATION AND INVESTMENT IN THE SOUTH WEST

Development of a Peatland Ecosystem Services Scheme on the South West Mires and Moors

Slides presented by Dr David Smith and Charles Cowap at an evening meeting of the Agricultural Law Association, kindly hosted by Michelmores LLP at their Exeter Office on 26 February 2013. Dr David Smith first reviewed work in recent years on the benefits of peatland restoration work in the south west, for water management, carbon … Continue reading Development of a Peatland Ecosystem Services Scheme on the South West Mires and Moors

Valuation and Estate Management: Traditional and new: trees, energy and ecosystem services

Slides presented at the RICS Wales Rural Conference, Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells on 4 December 2012 Rural Jigsaw: conventional and unconventional valuations of amenity trees, renewable energy and new challenges for land agents from Charles Cowap

From Market Value to Natural Value: Challenges to International Professional Practice

RICS launched this international thought leadership paper at its headquarters in Parliament Square, London on 15 November. The paper reviews important business opportunities in the provision of nature's services, or ecosystem services.  There are important opportunities for chartered surveyors to be involved in this.  Most obviously this will consist of working with clients to think … Continue reading From Market Value to Natural Value: Challenges to International Professional Practice