The services of ecological systems and the natural capital stocks that produce them represent a considerable share of the total value of the planet. Because these services are not fully captured in markets, they are often given too little weight in policy decisions and this neglect may threaten the sustainability of humans in the biosphere.
This seminar series synthesized the large (but scattered) existing information about the value of ecosystem services and natural capital and presented it in a form useful for ecologists, economists, policy makers, and the general public. It aimed to be helpful in valuing natural capital in 'green' national accounting systems which are currently being proposed in many countries.
Seminar 1 | Week 1 | Wednesday 22 January 2014
Dieter Helm | Professor, University of Oxford and Chair of the Natural Capital Committee.
The science and science policy dimensions
Seminar 2 | Week 2 | Wednesday 29 January 2014
Ian Boyd | Professor, University of St Andrews and Chief Scientific Advisor to Defra.
Wealth, markets and natural capital
Seminar 3 | Week 3 | Wednesday 5 February 2014
Cameron Hepburn | Professor, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford and Director of the economics of sustainability, INET.
The scientific basis for natural capital
Seminar 4 | Week 4 | Wednesday 12 February 2014
Georgina Mace | Professor, University College London, and member of the Natural Capital Committee.
Ecological systems and natural capital
Seminar 5 | Week 5 | Wednesday 19 February 2014
Rosie Hails | Science Director, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Science, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and member of the Natural Capital Committee.
What can we harm?
Seminar 6 | Week 6 | Wednesday 26 February 2014
Kathy Willis | Professor, University of Oxford and Director of Science, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Accounting for natural capital
Seminar 7 | Week 7 | Wednesday 5 March 2014
Colin Mayer | Professor, University of Oxford Said Business School and member of the Natural Capital Committee.
Sustainability and growth
Seminar 8 | Week 8 | Wednesday 12 March 2014
Kirk Hamilton | Visiting Professor at the Grantham Research Institute at the London School of Economics