The Ecosystems Knowledge Network is a resource for anyone who wants to learn about, or share their knowledge, about the practical benefits of taking an ecosystems approach to land and marine management. It has a thousand members across the UK, from Wildlife Trusts, other conservation organisations, local and national government, business, consultancies and academia.
The Network runs free workshops, field trips and webinars for its members. On 29 April 2013, a workshop ‘Putting nature’s services on the map’ will be held in Oxford. This workshop is for representatives of local government and their delivery partners who wish to explore what maps of nature’s services can do to achieve cost-effective delivery of local government functions.
On 22 May 2013, another workshop, ‘Applying payments for ecosystem services in practice,’ will be held in Bristol. This workshop will allow participants to evaluate the prospects for initiating payments for ecosystem services in their own location and area of work, and how to respond to any opportunities.
To find out more about these events, and to join the Network, visit the website at www.ekn.defra.gov.uk The Network also publishes an electronic newsletter three times a year. These issues are available at http://ekn.defra.gov.uk/about/publications/