Agenda for ecosystem services seminar

Institute of Chartered Foresters South East Region Annual General Meeting

19th November 2009

10:00

Coffee and registration

10:30

Welcome

Institute of Chartered Foresters and Forest Research.

Rob Gazzard, Forestry Commission

10:35

Introduction to ecosystem services

Background to ecosystems services concept and how it is being integrated into policy making.

Keith Kirby, Natural England

What have woods ever done for us? (PDF-3315K)

10:50

CARBON: Payments for carbon sequestration and substitution by UK forests

Carbon offsetting schemes are often linked with woodland creation, with potential for income for woodland owners. How can we ensure that these are properly designed and managed? How will the development of UK code of good practice for carbon forestry projects help the sector?

Mark Broadmeadow, Forestry Commission England.

Carbon: payments for carbon sequestration and substitution by UK forests (PDF-1285K)

11:10

SOCIAL: Payments for health and well-being

How do we value the role of trees and woodlands in helping people maintain and improve their health? Case studies and methods will illustrate this.

Liz O’Brien, Forest Research.

Payments for health and well-being and the cultural services provided by woodlands (PDF-1868K)

11:30

Break

11:45

ENVIRONMENT: Payments for biodiversity

What is the relationship between biological diversity in woodlands and ecosystem service provision? How can we identify local and regional ‘hotspots’? How can payments for biodiversity be designed?

Nadia Barsoum, Forest Research.

Environment: payments for biodiversity (PDF-3834K)

12:05

Payment for flood prevention and water quality

What are the links between the benefits of forest management for water, the water framework directive and potential payment schemes?

Tom Nisbet, Forest Research.

Payments for water services: flood prevention and water quality (PDF-725K)

12:25

Discussion: Ecosystem services approach for forestry and arboriculture?

  • Can the ecosystem services approach be used as a way to communicate the benefits of forest management?
  • What are the key success factors and barriers to woodland owners benefiting from ecosystems services?
  • What is the potential for woodland owners to receive payments for ecosystem services?
  • What could be done to refine the concept and enable opportunities of ecosystem services to be realised by the forestry sector?
13:00

Lunch

14:00

Institute of Chartered Foresters South East Region Annual General Meeting