Natural Capital - The Economic Need for Biodiversity

Tuesday, 10 May 2016 - 9:00am to 11:30am
London, SW1Y 5AG

Natural Capital is the world’s stock of natural resources such as forests, rivers, land, minerals and oceans. The Government’s ex-advisory body, the Natural Capital Committee cited, amongst others, the following strategies as providing strong economic benefit: woodland planting, peatland restoration, wetland creation, commercial fish stock restoration, intertidal habitat creation and development of urban open spaces. The counter-argument is that putting economic value on nature could lead to its destruction.


  • Professor Dieter Helm CBE, Professor of Energy Policy, University of Oxford and former chair of the Natural Capital Committee;
  • Tony Juniper, environmental campaigner
  • Professor Peter Matthews OBE, Chair, Society for the Environment and Chair, Natural Resources, Wales;
  • Martin Spray CBE, Chief Executive, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
  • Chair: Pamela Castle

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