Since the original Rio Earth Summit 20 years ago, policymakers have paid increasing attention to the need to halt declines in threatened species and protect important natural environments. This includes moves to better value nature and the services it provides, both within the UK and internationally.
However, many high value habitats and species remain under threat. To address this, just over a year ago, the Government published ‘The Natural Choice: securing the value of nature’ – the first natural environment White Paper for more than 20 years.
This event will consider what measures are needed to ensure that the value of nature is properly accounted for in decisions on how land is used. In particular, the event will consider the following questions:
• What steps are needed to improve protection of important international biodiversity?
• What progress was made on valuing nature and greening economies at the recent UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio?
• What progress has been made in delivering the aims of the Coalition Government’s Natural Environment White Paper since it was released last year?
• How can policymakers and stakeholders ensure that the resources available for biodiversity protection are directed to deliver the greatest possible benefit?
Chair | Guy Newey | Head of Environment and Energy | Policy Exchange
Rt Hon Caroline Spelman MP | Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Richard Benyon MP | Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Natural Environment
Professor Dieter Helm | Chair - The Natural Capital Committee | Oxford University
Professor Georgina Mace | Imperial College, London