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Briefing: Natural Capital and Biodiversity - Cardiff

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Managing ‘Natural Capital’ and providing ‘Environmental Net Gain’ is an emerging topic and has risen to greater prominence since the Government’s ‘25 Year Environment Plan’ placed a ’Natural Capital Approach’ at the centre of future environmental policy.  It is also a Core Ambition in the FDF’s Ambition 2025: Shaping Sustainable Value Chain.

The Welsh Government Environment (Wales) Act 2016 includes the sustainable management of natural resources, and NRW’s Corporate plan also contains wellbeing objectives and biodiversity.

Shareholders and investors are increasingly expecting responsible companies to demonstrate how they demonstrate good environmental performance and  deliver a positive environmental impact.

A process of measuring Biodiversity Net Gain has been established through the adoption of 10 core principles, supported by detailed industry guidance published in 2019.  DEFRA have issued Bio Metric 2.0 and the BSi are well advanced in development of a British Standard on Biodiversity Net Gain (BS8683). 

But what do Natural Capital, Environmental and Biodiversity Net Gain really mean? And furthermore how can businesses of all sizes benefit from integrating a Natural Capital Approach into their decision making?

This briefing will explain what Natural Capital, Environmental and Biodiversity Net Gain are.  It will provide an update on the current legislative and provide an update on DEFRA’s new Biodiversity Metric 2.0 and emerging British Standards.

In addition to providing some case studies of how businesses have begun to apply natural capital and biodiversity to their business, assets and supply chain.

Speakers:  Stewart Lenton and Bob Edmonds, SLR Consulting Ltd

Stewart Lenton:     Stewart has over 30 years’ experience in Environmental Consulting, and has extensively worked with both public sector and private sector clients, across a wide range of sectors.    Stewart is a member of the Environment Industries Committee Natural Capital Task Force.

Bob Edmonds:   Bob has been an Ecologist in Environmental Consulting for over 20 years; principally focusing on ecological impact assessment, biodiversity net gain and protected species mitigation.  Bob represented SLR on the Advisory Forum of the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Programme (BBOP) from 2008-2018 and worked closely with the team that developed the 2012 DEFRA metric, testing an early version on a UK mining project that committed to biodiversity net gain.  Bob was a contributing author for both the Biodiversity Net Gain Principles and the detailed good practice guide. He is currently a committee member for BS8683 on Biodiversity Net Gain.  Bob co-authored the base habitat classification – UKHab – that is used in both the DEFRA Biodiversity Metric 2.0 and DEFRA’s emerging Eco-Metric.


Organiser: Reema Patel, 0207 4207208, reema.patel@fdf.org.uk