Sustainability skills underpin long-term economic success

Sustainability skills underpin long-term economic success
The global economy is facing a perfect storm of rising population, scarcity of vital resources, volatile prices of essential materials and resources such as energy, degradation of ecosystems and biodiversity, and the effects of climate change. These significant global and UK trends mean that environment and sustainability need to be integrated into decision making at all levels: in the way businesses and organisations are managed; in the design and deve

Nature is a special subject

Nature is a special subject
All too often, we stay in our little boxes.  Scientists talk to scientists, artists talk to artists, writers talk to… themselves (well, I do anyway).  It is a rare and special subject that brings people together, across disciplines and from a wide range of organisations. Nature is that special subject. It is all at once the inspiration for creativity, a medicine for the ill, the pound signs for tourism and for all of us the great provider of services th

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Wow, great events here from Norfolk Wildlife Trust  - based in Norfolk's Bure Valley 'Living Landscape' area. Choose from practical tasks (where you might wield a rake),  evening talks, and  informative walks ... These are excellent opportunities to get to know the nature that's all around us. click to find out more...Further information - Haidee...

Nature – your business partner already?

Is nature your silent business partner - do you need to make a bit more capital out of where you are? I asked a group of Suffolk tourism businesses if their customers or visitors had an overwhelming sense of being in Suffolk. If you were visiting somewhere like the Lake District or Yellowstone National Park you'd know it  - whether you were visiting a bank or a restaurant - the branding of the natural environment would be all around you - I suggested...

‘Biodiversity Offsetting’ – promising – with some big ‘ifs’…

What is offsetting? A new way being considered by Defra for developers to contribute to habitat creation based on a transparent framework that assesses the damage they cause.  Also intends to streamline the current process to significantly benefit developers who will be better able to plan, and budget for mitigation at the outset. Think 'pay for damage' rather than 'nature for sale'. On 27 September I went to Defra HQ in London and heard the clear th...