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November 2023 Newsletter

In This Month's Newsletter:

  • Our Natural Capital Account for the North West Region

  • Integrating nature into strategy for United Utilities

  • Site of our previous NCA work becomes Plantlife nature reserve 

  • Three Hagges Woodmeadow, Yorkshire

  • Final Call for envecon 2024 Submissions 

  • Send your abstracts by EOD, 30th November

Our Natural Capital Account for the North West Region

and its contribution to embedding natural capital in decision-making

In 2021 we completed a natural capital account for the North West region for United Utilities (UU). Developed in partnership with key stakeholders, the final report contributed to the development of UU's business strategy, which has now been examined as a case study in integrating natural capital into decision-making.

The report provided a natural capital context for UU's management of their estate in the region, produced a baseline against which investment options could be appraised, and developed regional outcome scenarios to support strategies for environmental net gain.

Recently, UU's business strategy has been examined by Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) as a case study on integrating natural capital into business strategy and decision-making. It details how UU's work with eftec and other partners has enabled UU to become early adopters of the Taskforce on Nature-related Financial Disclosures (TNFD) and take steps towards integrating broader impacts and dependencies through a six capitals approach. 

To learn more, you can read our original report here and the A4S case study here.

Site of our previous NCA work becomes a Plantlife nature reserve

Three Hagges Woodmeadow, Yorkshire

In 2012 local volunteers began sowing wildflower seeds and planting over 10,000 trees and shrubs at Three Hagges Woodmeadow, North Yorkshire.

In 2015, we were proud to complete a natural capital account of the area, providing an evidence-based assessment of the value of this diverse habitat that included the recreational and educational value to the local community and visitors. 

Recently, we received the happy news that Plantlife have incorporated Three Hagges Woodmeadow as their newest nature reserve. This move ensures that the area will continue to be restored and provide a space for people and nature to enjoy, learn, and thrive. 

When sharing the news with us, the team at the Woodmeadow Trust said they were "extremely grateful for all your support and for engaging with the concept of woodmeadow and its benefits for nature and people: we could not have achieved what we have without you." We'd like to thank them for their kind words and their decade-long effort to restore this habitat.

Click here to learn more, or even plan a visit!

Final Call for envecon2024 Submissions

Send your work by EOD 30th November

The envecon 2024 submission deadline is approaching, with abstracts due by the end-of-day November 30th.

envecon is the only environmental economics conference in the UK that brings a large delegation of policy makers together with research providers, NGOs, and the private sector. To join us and present your work on Friday, 8th March, 2024, send your submissions to

Instructions for Submission (click here for more details on the UKNEE website)

  • All papers should display academic rigour and show evidence of practical application. We are interested in showcasing papers that have policy relevance and/or have been used to support decision-making in the public and/or private sectors.

  • Abstracts must not exceed 2 sides of A4, in 12-point font, double spaced. They should convey information on the economic theory tested; context of the practical application (actual and/or potential); results & policy implications.

  • Please ensure that your abstract indicates the author for correspondence.

  • Please indicate if you will be able to present in person or online.


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