June 2015

Chris Sherrington to address Biodiversity 2020 Event

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Dr Chris Sherrington, Principal Consultant at Eunomia will be speaking at a Public Policy Exchange conference on biodiversity on Thursday. The event, entitled Biodiversity 2020: The Next Steps for Local Authorities and Public Bodies, will be held at the Grange Victoria Hotel in Central London.

Chris will be talking about how to maximise the opportunities to enhance biodiversity through the implementation and management of green infrastructure. He will consider who benefits from the ecosystem services provided by green infrastructure, how we can place a value on these services, and who should pay. Chris will draw upon research into the impacts of green infrastructure on air quality, the urban heat island effect, biodiversity and physical and mental health, and explore how such benefits can be delivered in a cost-effective manner.

Chris has led a number of recent projects for Eunomia on green infrastructure and ecosystem services, including:

  • The development, with Avon Wildlife Trust Consultancy, of a ‘proof of concept’ Excel-based ecosystem service evaluation tool for Natural England, to allow local authority officers and Natural England staff to quickly, and cost-effectively, estimate the ecosystem services provision associated with a specific type of green infrastructure;
  • A pilot Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) research project, again in partnership with Avon Wildlife Trust Consultancy, and with support from Bristol Water, Wessex Water, the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, the West of England Nature Partnership, the Environment Agency, Natural England, and TLT Solicitors. The project, focused on a catchment to the south of Bristol, is determining the potential for reducing costs to key stakeholders through changes to land management, in order to reduce soil erosion, improve water quality and reduce flood risk. A key innovative feature of the research is the development of an approach to creating multi-beneficiary contributory PES funds; and
  • A study for UK Water Industry Research (UKWIR) on the wider benefits associated with Sustainable Drainage, and innovative approaches to delivery that seek to maximise the provision of these benefits.

Also speaking at the event will be Dr Andrew Lack, Senior Lecturer at Oxford Brookes University, John Sawyer, Chief Executive at the National Biodiversity Network Trust, and David Lowe, Principal Ecologist at Warwickshire County Council. Further details about the event can be found here.