Natural Capital Initiative – Valuing our Life Support Systems, 6 & 7 November 2014

Following on from their 2009 summit, the Natural Capital Initiative will be leading the natural capital dialogue once again at their two-day summit on 6 & 7 November 2014 in London. Bringing together 250 delegates from across government, business, and the third sector, the summit will consider developments over the past five years in natural capital research and leadership, and will look to improvements that could be made over the next five years.

NCI’s mission is to support decision-making that results in the sustainable management of our natural capital based on sound science. NCI’s work is steered by its partner organisations – BES, Society of Biology, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, and the James Hutton Institute – as well as external experts in environmental science, health, and economics.

Since NCI’s launch summit in 2009, a growing number of influential activities have emerged across all sectors within the natural capital space. This is testament to the traction the natural capital concept has gained with a variety of audiences. The 2014 NCI summit presents an excellent opportunity for all to engage with natural capital.

NCI’s summit aims to:

  1. Derive a common understanding of what natural capital really means
  2. Understand in plain language the natural and social science behind it
  3. Find and demonstrate ways in which sectors and initiatives can work, and are working, together to apply it
  4. Identify ways of ensuring that practical responses have scientific rigour
  5. Communicate recommendations for ways forward across the sectors.

With over 20 working sessions, there will be something for everyone. If not, we strongly encourage individuals to set up their own informal sessions! Attendees will also be able to hear from natural capital leaders across academia, business and government, such as Georgina Mace (UCL) and Peter Young (Aldersgate Group).

Early bird registration is available until 1 September. Individuals from registered charities also receive a discount.

For more information, including an outline of the programme so far, visit the NCI’s website.