Environmental SustainabilityKnowledge Transfer Network Dr Anne Miller Knowledge Transfer Manager University of Oxford, UK
Environmental Sustainability KTN mission:Accelerating the transition to a low carbon, resource and energy efficient economy by connecting businesses, universities, other research organisations & Government agenciesCatalysing innovation across emerging environmental technologies Funded by UK Government so membership is FREE!
ESKTN Key Priority AreasOur Priority Areas havebeen identified as thoseoffering the greatestpotential for businessesto develop innovativeand environmentallysustainable products andservices.
ESKTN Priority Areas in Sustainable LandManagement and Food Production
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)• TEEB for Business now focussing on how can we achieve a shift in corporate behaviour to preserve and enhance our natural capital?
The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)New initiative to convene and engage a globalcommunity of organisations already active in this areafrom business, society and governmentWhat will the outputs be?• the establishment of a Coalition and the associated engagement processes• the production of methodologies for valuing impacts
Ecosystem Services & the UK NEALaunched June 2011First attempt to putan economic valueonto all theseservices as an aid todecision making
NEA findings: Trade offs“The transition to a more sustainable use of ecosystemsand their services can be facilitated by taking a moreintegrated, rather than conventional sectoral, approachto their management, recognising that some difficulttrade-offs will have to be made between individualecosystem services”“Governments, the private sector, voluntary and civilsociety at large all have key roles to play in thetransition to a more sustainable use of ecosystems”.
UK NEA: where next?• UK NEA and ecosystem service valuation will form a key part of Government policy: already in National Environment White Paper and the Water White Paper
UK NEA: where next?• Valuing Nature Network and Natural Capital Initiative already doing more work funded by NERC, along with the Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services programme launched in 2011, but not yet very engaged with industry.• Defra also just launched their Ecosystems Knowledge Network to-co-ordinate all these activities and also running additional projects: (NEA2).
Extract from 13th March Programme• The UK National Ecosystem Assessment, the Valuing Nature Network (VNN) and the Business Sector Prof. Ian Bateman• NERC’s Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (BESS) programme: links and opportunities for Business Prof. Dave Rafaelli• Opportunities for business engagement through The Natural Capital Initiative(NCI) Prof. Rosie Hails• Business engagement with Defra’s UKNEA2 Dr Robert Bradburne• Business case studies-• NERC’s internship programme• Workshop bringing together business and academic partners to develop bids
Contact points• Defra’s network is at: www.naturalcapitalinitiative.org.uk/ekn• Link to NERC/ESKTN 13th March workshop registration is at: http://natural-capital.eventbrite.com
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