New Biodiversity and Natural Capital Member Network

21st September 2022

This month, IEMA is launching a member network focusing on biodiversity and natural capital.

We depend on nature for our businesses and wellbeing, and yet biodiversity is declining more quickly than at any other time in human history.

However, there is action underway. We’ve recently seen a crowd of government initiatives come into existence, such as the 25-Year Environment Plan, the Environment Act, the Nature Recovery Green Paper, biodiversity net gain and the Scotland Biodiversity Strategy. The Task Force for Nature-related Financial Disclosure produced its first draft this year, and it is expected that the UN will produce its new biodiversity targets in December.

IEMA has set up the Biodiversity and Natural Capital Network to help members stay up to date on national (and international) activities, create information-sharing platforms for and between members, and communicate the needs of IEMA members and their organisations to government.

What will the new network do?

The network will be led by Penny Borton, MIEMA CEnv, senior associate director and natural capital lead for Jacobs, and Faye Durkin, AIEMA, head of ecology and regional director for Ecus. They will be supported by a steering group of experts who work across sectors and organisation types.

The network’s activities will include webinars, guidance, case studies, consultation workshops and more.

Who is it for?

It will be for members across all sectors who want to stay up to speed with trends, tools and obligations, and those who work in them. It will work with other IEMA networks, such as those on climate and environmental impact assessment.

How do I find out more?

The Biodiversity and Natural Capital Network is simple to join, and those who do will receive regular updates on network activities. You can sign up for regular information at, and the network email address is [email protected]

“This is a fantastic opportunity to network with other people who are knowledgeable on biodiversity and natural capital, and to help other members become better on this topic”- Sophie Mairesse, PIEMA, biodiversity net gain lead ecologist, Network Rail

“This is a great opportunity for IEMA members who want to be involved in changing the way we value our natural environment”- Jenny Merriman, MIEMA CEnv, technical director, WSP

“IEMA networks provide a safe space to discuss key issues with respected peers, with everyone leaving their badge at the door”- Rebecca McLean, MIEMA CEnv, technical director, environment and sustainability, Sweco

Image credit | iStock


Subscribe to IEMA's newsletters to receive timely articles, expert opinions, event announcements, and much more, directly in your inbox.

Transform articles

Biodiversity net gain requirements come into force

All major housing developments in England will be required by law to deliver at least a 10% increase in biodiversity under new rules that came into force today.

12th February 2024

Read more

As we approach the 40th anniversary of the Born Free Foundation, co-founder Will Travers OBE tells Chris Seekings how a new approach to conservation is needed to end animal suffering

1st February 2024

Read more

Ajirioghene Samuel looks at some exciting tree-planting initiatives, offering nature-based solutions to climate change impacts

1st February 2024

Read more

The UK should become the first G20 country to mandate financial disclosures on nature to propel widespread adoption by the private sector, according to an influential lobby group.

24th January 2024

Read more

The government is largely “off track” in meeting legally binding targets with nature in danger of “irreversible” decline, according to a highly critical report by the environmental watchdog.

24th January 2024

Read more

Matt Tompsett looks beyond tree planting to the pros and cons of land and sea-based carbon sequestration projects.

15th January 2024

Read more

Media enquires

Looking for an expert to speak at an event or comment on an item in the news?

Find an expert

IEMA Cookie Notice

Clicking the ‘Accept all’ button means you are accepting analytics and third-party cookies. Our website uses necessary cookies which are required in order to make our website work. In addition to these, we use analytics and third-party cookies to optimise site functionality and give you the best possible experience. To control which cookies are set, click ‘Settings’. To learn more about cookies, how we use them on our website and how to change your cookie settings please view our cookie policy.

Manage cookie settings

Our use of cookies

You can learn more detailed information in our cookie policy.

Some cookies are essential, but non-essential cookies help us to improve the experience on our site by providing insights into how the site is being used. To maintain privacy management, this relies on cookie identifiers. Resetting or deleting your browser cookies will reset these preferences.

Essential cookies

These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.

Analytics cookies

These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our website and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works.

Advertising cookies

These cookies allow us to tailor advertising to you based on your interests. If you do not accept these cookies, you will still see adverts, but these will be more generic.

Save and close