Nature-based solutions

Nature-based solutions can help corporates, developers and landowners looking to deliver on their sustainability commitments. 


What are nature-based solutions?

Nature-based solutions (NbS) involve working with nature to provide benefits for both society and biodiversity. They include actions that involve the protection, restoration or management of natural and semi-natural ecosystems; the sustainable management of agricultural land, forestry and our rivers and coastal waters. NbS also includes urban interventions and masterplanning design to build in green spaces such as pocket parks, rain gardens and planting more urban trees.

They are actions that are underpinned by biodiversity and are designed and implemented by our professional teams working with the grain of nature.

How can nature-based solutions help me?

Our team of carbon assessors and sustainability experts can help you weigh up the pros cons of offsetting as part of your carbon reduction strategy so you can make an informed decision about whether its right for you. If you are considering your lands potential for offsetting, we can bring together a team of ecologists and landscape architects to deliver a robust assessment to determine carbon sequestration potential. 

How can we help you?  

Nature-based solutions and carbon offsetting?

Carbon offsetting is the practice of balancing carbon emissions through organised carbon reduction initiatives. It can be used by governments, companies and individuals as part of a low carbon strategy to compensate for emissions that can't be reduced.

Within the offset market there are both verified and unverified options to consider as part of a robust strategy.

Verified offsets are those that provide a guarantee that the carbon savings are real, permanent and additional. These normally take the format of the international traded offsets such as the Gold Standard which can be accounted for within the most recent reporting year. The Woodland Carbon Code and Peatland Code are UK based schemes that can contribute towards net zero strategies compensating for UK emissions.

Unverified carbon offset schemes can support not only carbon sequestration but other environmental and social objectives, however, they do not have the guarantee concerning the additionality nor permanency.


Tackling biodiversity loss with Biodiversity Net Gain

Sustainable development is crucial if we are to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss and the recently passed Environment Act which brings mandatory Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) laws into England, demonstrates the Government's commitment to making it happen. 

But what do the changing laws mean for developers and how do you move from a position of no net less to providing net gain? 

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Mike Barker

Director of Ecology T: +44 (0)1480 466335 Email
Cambridge | UK
Andrew Dearing

Andrew Tasker

Principal Consultant T: 01235 821 888 Email
Abingdon | UK

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