World Forum on Natural Capital: Full programme published

Monday 28th October 2013

Julia Marton-Lefevre, Director General of the International Union for ConservatiJulia Marton-Lefevre, Director General of the International Union for Conservati

The full programme for the inaugural World Forum on Natural Capital, which will take place on 21 and 22 November in Edinburgh, has been published.

Attended by delegates from over 30 countries, the event will bring together business leaders, environmental experts and government representatives to help identify the value of natural capital and the cost to businesses and society if that capital is depleted.

The line-up for the opening plenary is:

•         Julia Marton-Lefèvre, Director General of the International Union for Conservation of Nature
•         Professor Dieter Helm, Independent Chair of the Natural Capital Committee and member of the Economics Advisory Group to the UK Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change
•         Dr Lailai Li, China Country Director, World Resources Institute China (WRI)
•         Jochen Zeitz, Director of Kering and Chairman of the board’s sustainable development committee and Co-Founder and Co-Chair of the B Team
•         Followed by a plenary debate moderated by Jo Confino, Executive Editor of the Guardian, Chairman and Editorial Director of Guardian Sustainable Business

Other speakers include:

•         Peter Bakker, President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development
•         Sir Philip Hampton, Chairman, The Royal Bank of Scotland
•         David Jones, Global CEO of Havas and Co-Founder One Young World
•         Pushpam Kumar, Chief Ecosystem Services Economic  Unit, UNEP
•         Monika Weber-Fahr, Director of Knowledge, Learning and Results, World Bank
•         Katherine Garrett-Cox, CEO of Alliance Trust
•         Malik Amin Aslam, Vice President of IUCN and former Minister for Environment, Pakistan
•         Jason Clay, Senior Vice President, Market Transformation, WWF
•         Jeff Seabright, Vice President of Environment and Water Resources, the Coca Cola Company
•         Mike Wilkins, Managing Director, Infrastructure Finance Ratings, Standard and Poor’s
•         Namita Vikas, President and Chief Sustainability Officer, YES BANK
•         Jessica Fries, Executive Chairman for The Prince’s Accounting for Sustainability Project, Board of the International Integrated Reporting Council
•         Richard Spencer, ICAEW on the Board of the TEEB for Business Coalition

And many more:

There will be a wide range of break-out topics that will include panel debates on sustainable cities, case studies of how credit ratings could be affected by natural capital, analysis of the necessary tools for bringing natural capital into decision-making and many more.

Participants include Coca Cola, Nestle, Rio Tinto, PwC, KPMG, YES Bank – India’s fourth largest private sector bank – and Kering, the parent company of bands including Puma and Gucci.  The headline sponsor is The Royal Bank of Scotland.

The World Forum on Natural Capital is organised by the Scottish Wildlife Trust in association with the United Nations Environment Programme, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, International Union for Conservation of Nature, TEEB for Business Coalition and The Wildlife Trusts.

The event will take place on 21-22 November at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.  Full details can be found at  Prices go up on Friday 1 November.

About the Event
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About Natural Capital
Natural capital is the value of nature to people, society, businesses and the economy.  It is the stocks of physical and biological resources and the capacity of ecosystems to provide a flow of services that contribute to sustainable development, economic well-being and wealth creation.

Recent estimates suggest that the global economic cost of the loss of natural resources as a result of environmental damage is $4.7 trillion annually (TEEB for Business Coalition “Natural Capital at Risk: the Top 100 Externalities of Business, April 2013).

The United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity Aichi Target 2 states that: “By 2020, at the latest, biodiversity values have been integrated into national and local development and poverty reduction strategies and planning processes and are being incorporated into national accounting, as appropriate, and reporting systems.”

The Organisers
The Scottish Wildlife Trust

The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD); International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN); United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); TEEB for Business Coalition;  The Wildlife Trusts

For further information, please contact:
World Forum on Natural Capital
Louis Auty or Catherine Sirikanda, Mattison Public Relations
T: +44 (0)20 7645 3636
M: +44 (0)7841 902 458

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