VNN Event 19 March 2013

The Valuing Nature Network event 'Valuing Nature: Bringing the environment into economic decision-making' was held on Tuesday 19 March 2013 in London.

Incorporating the natural environment and the services it provides within conventional, economic decision making is one of the major challenges facing the UK and indeed global community; both economic and environmental sustainability are intimately entwined. This is not just an academic debate – this is the greatest challenge to the long term viability of society.

The Valuing Nature Network unites novel natural science research with economics to bring the natural environment into government and business sector decision making. Indeed it directly supports and demonstrates the policy and business impact of research.

The event on 19 March 2013 highlighted successes from the Network, including insights into partnership working between academia, policy and business; and the benefits of working across academic disciplines.

In a series of short talks, Network speakers showed how the current Valuing Nature Network projects have addressed the key research challenges that were set out at the start of the initiative.

Speakers from the Valuing Nature Network management team included Professor Rosie Hails, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, Professor Dave Raffaelli, University of York
Professor Steve Albon, James Hutton Institute and Professor Ian Bateman, University of East Anglia.

In addition to Network speakers, a number of high-profile speakers illustrated the Network's relevance to both UK policy-making and the wider academic picture.

Speakers included:

  • Lord de Mauley, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Resource Management, the Local Environment and Environmental Science in Defra
  • Professor Ian Boyd, Defra Chief Scientific Advisor
  • Professor Gretchen Daily, Stanford University (USA)
  • Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta, from the University of Cambridge
  • Ian Cheshire, CEO Kingfisher and Chair of the Defra Ecosystem Markets Task Force
  • Professor Dieter Helm, CBE, Chair of the UK Natural Capital Committee
  • Professor Brett Day, University of East Anglia
  • Adrian Alsop, Director of Research, Partnerships and International Directorate, Economic and Social Research Council

 

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