Plugging the Income Gap: Environmental Options for Upland Farms: A Case Study in Pendle Hill, Lancashire

  • Date: 12th May 2021
  • Time: 12:15-13:15 BST

This webinar will be hosted by Dr Alison Holt, Director at Natural Capital Solutions, and Emeritus Professor Joe Morris of Cranfield University. They will present findings from their paper: "Plugging the Income Gap: Environmental Options for Upland Farms: A Case Study in Pendle Hill, Lancashire." 

This study assesses the ability of new Environmental Land Management (ELM) schemes to plug the income gap left by the removal of Basic Payment Schemes (BPS) post-Brexit. The authors used a combination of natural capital assessments and farm business appraisals on 3 upland farms in Lancashire to explore whether participation in ELMs could deliver both the intended environmental outcomes and a financially sustainable farming business.

Join us to find out their approach and the implications for the ELM scheme.

You can reserve your place for this webinar here. 

The Authors:

Alison Holt BSc MSc PhD is a Director and co-founder of Natural Capital Solutions. She is an ecologist and interdisciplinary scientist specialising in natural capital and ecosystem services assessment approaches. Alison works for a range of clients from the public, third, and private sectors across planning and development, conservation, and agricultural interests. She is developing and applying the natural capital approach in multiple contexts, at a variety of scales and with a range of stakeholders. Prior to setting-up Natural Capital Solutions Alison was an Independent Research and NERC Knowledge Exchange Fellow in the Animal and Plant Sciences at The University of Sheffield. She is also a board member of the South Yorkshire Local Nature Partnership.

Joe Morris is Emeritus Professor at Cranfield University specialising in the social and economic valuation of natural resources, related governance systems, and the supporting links between science, policy and practice. He was Lead Author on land degradation for the International Platform of Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) and advisor to the UK Climate Change Committee on Land Use Issues.