Workshop invite: Rebalance Your Business for Nature

Join our practical workshop tailored to organisations looking to apply the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) framework 14th March, 9.30am – 12.30pm at University of Edinburgh Business School There’s a strong signal from the financial sector that the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) framework is the favoured reporting mechanism for businesses to assess, manage and disclose their nature-related

Workshop invite: Business in the Blue Economy – 27th February 2023

A workshop exploring natural capital approaches to help marine industries deliver Scotland’s Blue Economy Vision 27th February 2023, 11am-4pm, in-person only at University of St Andrews, Fife Join our hosts, the Marine Natural Capital Forum Scotland (MNCFS), to hear expert insights from government, academia and the marine and land-based industries on the ambition for a Blue Economy. The discussion will

December Webinars: Peatland Code update and Scaling nature recovery through co-ownership

Join the Scottish Nature Finance Pioneers for two lunchtime webinars exploring nature restoration finance mechanisms. Webinar: IUCN Peatland Programme Update, including progress on Peatland Code V2 – 14th December 1.30pm-2.30pm GMT As iconic landscapes, peatlands offer breathing spaces for millions of people, support livelihoods and provide a sense of place for many communities. Such an important resource requires responsible management.

COP15 and Scotland’s natural capital – a critical foundation for Scotland’s prosperity

Members of the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital Steering Group recently wrote to the First Minster to reiterate how Scotland’s current and future economic prosperity relies heavily on the protection and valuation of its natural capital. The group urge the government to embed natural capital thinking into the redesign of the agricultural policy, the National Marine Plan, the Biodiversity Strategy

An insightful and challenging event – our Business Rebalance for Nature workshop

Our co-produced workshop ‘Business Rebalance for Nature – Are nature-based disclosures a gamechanger for businesses in Scotland?’ held on 26th October, provided some golden nuggets of insight and knowledge from the speakers and participants last week. You can catch up on the recordings on our YouTube channel and read a summary of the content. Thanks once again to the Capitals Coalition and University of Edinburgh Business

Financing Nature: Closing the Global Biodiversity Financing Gap

An important and timely report is published this week by The Paulson Institute, The Nature Conservancy, and Cornell Atkinson Centre for Sustainability. It makes the economic case for valuing nature, and explores innovative financing mechanisms, policies, and solutions that could help close the biodiversity financing gap. What is the “biodiversity financing gap”?  This is the gap between the amount currently spent

Oceans of Value – New project out for tender

The Scottish Forum Steering Group member, Scottish Wildlife Trust, recently launched their Oceans of Value project, based in Orkney. This aims to investigate two different approaches for valuing the marine environment – stakeholder valuation, and natural capital valuation. Led by Marine Planning Manager, Dr Sam Collin, the project has been carrying out interviews with various stakeholders in Orkney over the past

Future research priorities for the Scottish Forum

The Scottish Forum recently submitted our priorities to RESAS, (Rural and Environment Science and Analytical Services), part of the Environment and Forestry Directorate of The Scottish Government. This was in response to a draft consultation seeking priorities for the next five year cycle of research on the environment, natural resources and agriculture, beginning in 2022.    The Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Research Programme is a large,

GUEST BLOG – Biodiversity Net Gain

  Biodiversity Net Gain is increasingly talked about, and is being introduced into legislation and guidance. Hear Scottish Forum on Natural Capital members SLR Consulting share their views about what this actually means, and how it is being used: What is meant by Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG)? Biodiversity Net Gain or BNG is generally defined as “development that leaves biodiversity in a

GUEST BLOG – Testing the Natural Capital Protocol on Glensaugh farm

  Introduction There is increasing interest in natural capital risks and opportunities for sustainable investment and policy practices. Consequently, natural capital accounting approaches provide important metrics for the environment. Both private and public sectors have been exploring how natural capital accounting may offer new approaches to decision-making with focus on more sustainable outcomes for society and the environment. Those efforts