The Natural Capital Initiative are proud to host our second ‘Valuing our Life Support Systems’ natural capital summit on 6th & 7th November 2014, held at the British Library. Since our launch summit in 2009, a growing number of influential activities have emerged across all sectors within the natural capital space – from networks to research programmes, committees to coalitions. This emerging hive of activity is testament to the traction the natural capital concept has gained with a variety of audiences.
Five years on, we will once again bring together 250 influencers from across academia, policy, business, and civil society within this expanded community and beyond to assess gains made and further enable the valuing of natural capital in planning and decision-making based on sound science.
- Derive a common understanding of what natural capital really means
- Understand in plain language the natural and social science behind it
- Find and demonstrate ways in which sectors and initiatives can work, and are working, together to apply it
- Identify ways of ensuring that practical responses have scientific rigour
- Communicate recommendations for ways forward across the sectors.
This summit is for:
Academics – wanting to maximise the impact of their research in this area, and to identify new research priorities
Policy makers – wanting to develop policies that enable better accounting for our natural capital in government and business activity
Business – particularly businesses whose risks and products are particularly dependent on natural resources and systems
Civil Society – for charities that work to protect natural resources and promote better care for our natural environment
Day One: 6th November
09:00 Arrival and Registration
09:30 Welcome – Roly Keating (British Library)
09:40 Opening remarks – Rosie Hails (Natural Capital Initiative)
10:00 Professor Giles Atkinson (LSE): What is natural capital?
10:20 Professor Duncan Wingham (NERC): Natural capital and knowledge
10:40 Peter Young (Aldersgate Group): Business perspectives on natural capital
11:00 Richard Spencer (ICAEW): Natural Capital debates and queries
11:30 Panel Discussion
13:00 Parallel Sessions 1
Economic and ecological principles - An interdisciplinary panel session to reflect on at the underlying principles of natural capital. Drew Purves (Microsoft Research), Matthew Agarwala (UEA), Chair: Ece Ozdemiroglu (eftec).
Linking natural capital and other capital - An investigation into how natural capital relates to other forms of capital, such as social, economic and human capital.
How good is our knowledge? – Examination of existing databases, models and knowledge, and how well they support natural capital concepts and practical implementation.
Tom Oliver (CEH), Felix Eigenbrod (University of Southampton), Chair: Bill Sutherland (University of Cambridge).
Natural capital and sustainable growth
Host: Aldersgate Group
14:00 Parallel Sessions 2
Victor Anderson (Global Sustainability Institute), Camilla Toulmin (IIED), Nick Dearden (World Development Movement), Chair: Richard Spencer (ICAEW).
Natural capital and health - Examining the evidence for how natural capital can deliver human health benefits.
Mat White (European Centre for Environment and Human Heath), Sari Kovats (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine), Hilary Graham (University of York), Chair: David Penchon (NHS).
Cultural Services- The relationship between natural capital and cultural services.
Andrew Church (University of Brighton), Rob Fish (University of Exeter), Chair: Steve Albon (James Hutton Institute).
Natural capital mapping - How are environmental science data translated into maps, and how can businesses and policy makers use this information?
Jonathan Winn (Durham Wildlife Trust), John Watkins (CEH), Chair: Nick Dales (Natural England).
15:00 UK government perspective on natural capital
15:50 Jo Pike (World Forum on Natural Capital): Natural capital: where are we now?
16:10 Pieter van der Gaag (Natural Capital Coalition): Natural Capital Coalition for Business
16:30 Panel Discussion
17:30 Drinks Reception
Royal College of GPs, 30 Euston Square.
19:00 Summit Dinner (additional cost)
After dinner address: Steve Ormerod (Professor of Ecology, Cardiff University & Chair, RSPB Council)
Day Two: 7th November
08:15 Arrival and Registration
08:45 Welcome and opening remarks - Professor Alison Hester (James Hutton Institute)
09:00 Glyn Davies (WWF): Future directions: conservation
09:15 Professor Anthony Kessel (Public Health England): Future directions: health
09:30 Will Evison (PwC): Future directions: business and accounting
09:45 Inder Poonaji (Nestle S.A.): Future directions: business and sustainability
10:00 Panel discussion
10:30 Tea and coffee
11:00 Parallel Sessions 3
Host: Professor Edward Maltby (University of Liverpool)
Natural capital and storytelling - This session will investigate innovative ways to communicate the concept of natural capital to the public.
Host: Surrey Nature Partnership.
Natural capital – the next 25 years - This session will provide participants the opportunity to provide ideas for the Natural Capital Committee’s national 25- year plan for maintaining and improving our natural capital.
Host: Natural Capital Committee.
13:00 Parallel Sessions 4
Dr Tom Nisbet (Forest Research), Professor Richard Brazier (University of Exeter), Dylan Bright (South West Water), Chair: Ruth Waters (Natural England).
Corporate stewardship for natural capital - How can different sectors (e.g. water, forestry, finance) incorporate natural capital in their operations? Can thinking of ecosystems as natural capital accelerate or inhibit stewardship on the ground?
Natural capital and food security - How do we manage our natural capital wisely in light of global change? Considering food security as an example, how can sustainable use of our resources contribute to resolving future challenges?
Dr Tara Garnett (Environmental Change Institute), Professor Allan Buckwell (IEEP), Dr Andrew Clark (NFU), Chair Dr Peter Costigan.
14:00 Parallel Sessions 5
Nick Grayson (Birmingham City Council), Professor Jim Harris (Cranfield University), Chair: Martin Ballard (Willmott Dixon Group).
Natural Capital: Finding the common ground – This session will explore how the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital came in to begin and examine progress during its first year of operation. Participants will be invited to take part in interactive exercises, designed to help actors from different sectors find common ground.
Session host: Scottish Forum on Natural Capital
Developing natural capital for investors – The financial industry is beginning to engage with the concept of natural capital. This session will identify ways to make natural capital tangible for investors.
Stephanie Maier (Aviva Investors), Jamie Butterworth (Ellen Mac Arthur Foundation), Justin Atkinson (Alliance Trust), Anders Nordheim (UNEP Financing Initiative), Chair: Dr Sarah Kemmitt.
15:00 Professor Mike Acreman: Summary of findings
15:15 Professor Georgina Mace (UCL): The future of natural capital
15:30 Closing remarks – Professor Alison Hester (James Hutton Institute)
15:40 Tea and coffee
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Registered charities: £160 plus VAT for one day, £250 plus VAT for both days (£192 for one day, £300 for two days)
Private and public sector: £220 plus VAT for one day, £350 plus VAT for both days (£264 for one day, £420 for two days)
Staff and member discounts: We offer discount rates for staff and members of the NCI partner organisations. If you are a member of the British Ecological Society or the Society of Biology or if you work at the James Hutton Institute or the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, we offer you a 25% discount on registration for one day, and 20% off when you register for both days. Please contact us for your exclusive discount code.
Following the day programme, a summit dinner will be held for speakers and participants at the Royal College of GPs, a short walk from the British Library. Spaces for dinner are limited to 100, so please book now if you would like to attend. The fee for the dinner is £60.
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