Webinar: Accounting For Nature



Webinar: Measuring biodiversity to unlock natural capital markets
Location: Via Zoom Link (registration required)
Date: Wednesday 15th September 2021
Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm AEST (2:00pm-3:00pm NZST)

Accounting for Nature® is a registered charity driven by the goal to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals of Climate Action, Life Below Water and Life on Land.

Accounting for Nature® has developed a world leading, scientifically rigorous standard for measuring environmental condition. This framework helps farmers, indigenous land managers, private conservation organisations and regional natural resource management organisations to accurately measure the biophysical condition of environmental assets (e.g. native vegetation, soils, freshwater, native fauna, marine). With this accurate and transparent environmental data, individuals and organisations can confidently and publicly support their sustainability claims as they work to conserve and restore our natural world.





Veronica Coyle – Host, Data4Good

Speaker 1

Speaker 1

Dr Scott AgnewIntroducing Accounting for Nature

It is not possible to build a sustainable economy without accurately measuring the change in environmental condition. Governments, investors and consumers need simple yet scientifically credible environmental metrics to make informed decisions. Accounting for Nature Ltd was formed in 2019 to operationalise one of the world’s most comprehensive frameworks for scientifically measuring the biophysical condition of environmental assets. Addressing this global challenge will change the way we manage the economy and unlock billions of dollars for environmentally sustainable Investments. To achieve this AfN Ltd is developing cutting-edge, data driven technology solutions to deploy one of the world’s most scientifically credible environmental accounting standards.

Speaker 2

Speaker 2

Amanda Hansson –​ “Using data to measure environmental condition”

The Accounting for Nature Framework establishes the Environmental Condition Index, or “Econd®” – a simple yet scientifically robust metric to communicate changes in environmental condition over time. Each Econd® is constructed using a set of biophysical indicators that provide a numerical value that represents the condition of the relevant environmental asset at a point in time. The change in the Econd® through time allows for the trend in the condition of the environmental asset to be assessed.



A chance for the audience to ask questions

Speakers Bios

Dr Scott Agnew
General Manager – Certification Systems, Innovation & Technology
Accounting for Nature

Scott has nearly 20 years’ experience in government and the private sector. He has worked at the senior and executive level on diverse projects including the development of several flagship clean energy initiatives for the Queensland Government, innovative life cycle assessment research on plant-based and cell-cultured meat, and strategic policy development for the agricultural industry. Scott joined Accounting for Nature in early 2020 and has been responsible for developing the procedures that underpin the operationalisation of the AfN Framework. Scott has degrees in Science and Journalism, a Masters of Energy Studies and a PhD applying system dynamics to complex sustainable energy transitions.

Amanda Hansson
Program Manager – Training, Accreditation & Engagement
Accounting for Nature

Amanda has more than 10 years’ experience in environmental research, natural resource management and the creation and delivery of educational material. She has project management experience in both the private and public sector and has provided consultancy services on national emission reduction projects. Amanda has worked on a range of different projects since joining Accounting for Nature a little over a year ago, and is currently focused on delivering face to face and online training material on natural capital accounting. Amanda has a Bachelor in Geology/Climatology, a Masters of Environmental Management, and is currently undertaking a PhD examining the impacts of climate change on high alpine and arctic forests.



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