NCI involved in Earthwatch Debate: From Tsunami to Drought

The Natural Capital Initiative will be represented at an Earthwatch debate this week; ‘From Tsunami to Drought’. Professor Paul Leonard, Environment Consultant and a member of the NCI steering group will join a panel of four other speakers tasked with pitching ideas to a panel of experts in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style contest. The speakers will each outline their solutions to the looming crisis of drought, predicted under climate change scenarios to become a more frequent occurance and which may drive neighbouring states into conflict over increasingly scarce water resources. The proposals will be assessed by the panel of ‘Dragons’ and the winner will receive a (fictitious) cheque for $1 billion to put their ideas into practice.

The event is taking place on Thursday, 19th November, from 7-9pm at the Royal Geographical Society, London. The Guardian will be covering the debate with a live blog and it will be recorded by the BBC, for broadcast on Radio 4 on New Year’s Day.

The Natural Capital Initiative is a partnership between the Society of Biology, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and the British Ecological Society. The NCI aims to identify gaps in research and policy, facilitating an ecosystem approach to policy-making becoming a reality across governments.