Beyond concepts: natural capital tools for the UK construction industry

8:30am – 11:00am

A Natural Capital Initiative event in partnership with CIRIA

Registration is free, but booking is essential.


Natural capital is fast becoming a priority business issue. Yet there is a lack of understanding around the application of natural capital concepts to construction industry practices.

CIRIA and the Natural Capital Initiative (NCI) have come together to hold a briefing session on the application of the Natural Capital Protocol in the construction industry. This session will bring together construction industry leaders, leading natural capital scientists, and policy-makers to discuss how this and other tools can be applied to benefit the industry and our natural environment.

The briefing will have a distinctly practical focus, with discussions of how natural capital tools can be applied to construction industry operations on the ground.


Chaired by Professor Mike Acreman, Science Area Lead for Natural Capital at the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

8.30 – 9.00     Breakfast and Networking

9.00 – 9.45     Speaker Presentations, including talks from Dr Martina Girvan Technical Director of Ecology at Arcadis Consulting (UK) Ltd and Martin Ballard, Group Environment Manager at Willmott Dixon.

9.45 – 10.30   Discussion from the floor

10.30               End. Coffee and further networking


The Natural Capital Initiative is a partnership of the British Ecological Society, Royal Society of Biology, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, and James Hutton Institute.

CIRIA is the construction industry research and information association. As a neutral, independent and not-for-profit body, CIRIA links organisations with common interests and facilitates a range of collaborative activities that help improve the industry.