Building Prosperous Cities

Building Prosperous Cities is a unique opportunity to consider the role of green infrastructure and natural capital in the success of our cities.

This event is hosted by the Ecosystems Knowledge Network and supported by the Natural Capital Initiative.

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There remains a strong case for investment in the communications infrastructure and built infrastructure of UK cities for their future prosperity.  But what about green infrastructure, the networks of natural features that are crucial for climate change adaptation and the health and wellbeing of city dwellers?  Is green infrastructure fit for purpose for now and the future?  If not, what city-scale policies and programmes might improve it?  How do we make a more effective case for restoring the natural capital of our cities?

We will answer questions such as:

  • What is the added value of ‘natural capital’ and ‘green infrastructure’ for city-scale planning, design and management?
  • How do we involve urban citizens and secure investment to enhance the green infrastructure required for prosperous cities?

The programme will include:

  • Chairpersons including Sir Michael Lyons (former CEO of Birmingham City Council), Stephen Wilkinson (Vice President of the Royal Town Planning Institute), and Anne Selby (whose roles include Chair of the Greater Mancheter Local Nature Partnership)
  • Keynote presentations by environmental economist Ian Dickie (eftec) and architect and urban planner Professor Tim Stonor (Space Syntax Ltd, the Bartlett UCL)
  • Case studies from UK cities that have put strategies into practice
  • Research and Innovation Showcase featuring 14 posters from research and practice
  • Sessions on investment and measurement of natural capital and green infrastructure. Speakers include Will Evison (Assistant Director and environmental economist at PwC) and Jim Coleman (Bureau Happold)
  • City leaders panel discussion: perspectives from senior figures representing a selection of city councils across the UK


  • Regular passes: £175
  • We have a limited number of discounted places for third sector organisations (if annual income <£1 million) and local authorities. Please enquire at