University of Cambridge

CSaP

The Centre for Science and Policy

The values and valuation of natural capital


Overview

Last year the Centre for Science and Policy and the Cambridge Conservation Initiative ran a workshop for Defra and DfID on The Valuation of Ecosystems Services. The participants discussed ecosystems and how they work what ecosystem services are how they are valued and relevance to a range of policy areas. Following the workshop which was described as an 'extraordinarily effective use of time' a workshop for non-specialists from other government departments will take place on 13 October in London.

Short presentations on the values and valuation of natural capital and the implications for a broad range of policy areas will be discussed in the context of illustrative examples such as biofuels farming and town planning.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Dr Bhaskar Vira (Dept of Geography Cambridge);
  • Professor Andrew Balmford (Dept of Zoology Cambridge);
  • Professor William Sutherland (Dept of Zoology Cambridge);
  • Pippa Gravestock (University of York);
  • Professor Peter Guthrie (Head of the Centre for Sustainable Development Cambridge); and
  • Professor David Spiegelhalter (Statistical Laboratory Cambridge).
Agenda
  • 16:30 Arrive / tea
  • 16:45 Presentations chaired by Dr Mike Rands Cambridge Conservation Initiative
  • Introduction with some examples
  • What are ecosystems services
  • Cross-sectoral linkages (Bio-fuels example)
  • Spatial Implications (Town Planning example)
  • Temporal implications (Fisheries example)
  • Summary & conclusions
  • 18:45 Drinks
  • 19:15 Dinner with discussants chaired by Dr David Cleevely CSaP
  • 21:00 Close

Participation at this workshop is by invitation only. If you would like more information please send an email to: events@csap.cam.ac.uk.