Valuing urban ecology and city resilience

This event is currently FULLY BOOKED

This event will consider emerging ideas and concepts for increasing city resilience through increased urban ecology, and the multiple benefits of adopting a proactive approach to improving biodiversity and green space in cities.
This event is free for CIRIA Core, Associate and Network members.
It is £75+VAT for non-members.


By 2050 the global population is predicted to reach 9.2 billion with 70% of the earth’s population living in cities and urban areas. This is leading to increased pressure on the earth’s resources and increased carbon emissions from built up and urban areas. Sustaining a balanced ecology is an important part of global sustainability, climate change mitigation and adaptation and healthy environments. 

By considering cities as interconnected systems of grey infrastructure (the built environment and hard asset infrastructure), green infrastructure (green recreational spaces, agricultural, biodiversity and natural ecosystems) and blue infrastructure (river, estuary or marine water resource) and incorporating this into city policy and planning and land development, opportunities can be created for diverse and vibrant ecosystems which hold numerous benefits to city occupants. It is also now recognised that city resilience to climate change and other environmental factors can be increased by integrating natural ecosystems into the built infrastructure. 

There is a growing emphasis on providing a monetary value of these benefits, or assessments of human interaction and dependence with ecosystems. These benefits can include increased public amenities, carbon sequestration, increasing biodiversity, improved pollination strategies and food production, flood management, improved air quality, as well as increasing city occupant well-being and happiness. Some of these features are more easily quantified than others, and it often remains difficult to illustrate the full value of green infrastructure and protecting urban ecosystems.

This event will bring together industry experts to discuss the role of urban ecology in future cities, challenges of valuing urban ecosystems and natural capital, the opportunities for improving and strengthening green infrastructure in the UK and hear a number of case studies which will examine innovative approaches to valuing urban ecology. 

Who should attend

Engineers, ecologists, landscape architects, urban designers, local planning authority representatives, academics, and consultants.

This course has a value of 2.5 hours towards your CPD. Certificates will be sent to delegates following completion.

Support and sponsorship:
There are a limited number of opportunities for event sponsors to demonstrate your organisations commitment to sustainability and innovation in the construction sector, demonstrate leadership and best practice, raise your profile across industry.
If you are interested in hearing more about these opportunities and event programmes, please contact Ruth Hynes.


14.30      Registration

15.00       Chair’s welcome
Tom Armour, Arup
15.10       Greening cities & building resilience
   Gary Grant, Independent consultant
15.30       Public Health and Landscape: Creating Healthy Places 
                Val Kirby, Landscape Institute
15.55       Valuing and assessing the urban ecology and other benefits of SuDS
                Bruce Horton, MWH 

16.15      Coffee break
16.35      UK case studies of innovative approaches to increasing urban ecology
               Nigel Dunnett, University of Sheffield

16.50      Case study: GLA Green Infrastructure strategy and ‘All London Green Grid’ 
              Amelia Woodley, Network Rail & Team London Bridge 

17.05     Case study: Camley Street Natural Park - An economic valuation of
               ecosystem services 

              Monica Barker, Atkins 

17.20      Panel Q&A

17.40      Closing remarks 
17.45     Close & networking drinks reception

3 November 2015
15.00 - 17.45 (registration from 14.30)
Event ends with a networking drinks reception

CIRIA office, Griffin Court
15 Long Lane, London EC1A 9PN

If you are unable to book online, please contact Patrick Williams on 020 7549 3300. Your completed booking form can be returned by post or email to Patrick Williams.

03/11/2015 - 03/11/2015
Griffin Court
15 Long Lane
London, EC1A 9PN

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