The World Forum on Natural Capital is being organised by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, in association with the United Nations Environment Programme; International Union for Conservation of Nature; World Business Council for Sustainable Development; TEEB for Business Coalition and The Wildlife Trusts.
" Ultimately nature is priceless. But it is not valueless. The urgent challenge facing us in the next decade is to more fully understand this value, and the critical services nature provides to our economy and society "
Simon Milne MBE
Chief Executive, Scottish Wildlife Trust
For almost 50 years, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has worked with its members, partners and supporters in pursuit of its vision of healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas. The Trust successfully champions the cause of wildlife through policy and campaigning work, demonstrates best practice through practical conservation and innovative partnerships, and inspires people to take positive action through its education and engagement activities. The Trust manages a network of 120 wildlife reserves across Scotland and is a member of the UK-wide Wildlife Trusts movement.
URGENT NEED FOR ACTION
The Scottish Wildlife Trust believes there is an urgent need for society to gain a better understanding of our impact on the world’s rapidly diminishing natural resources and that Scotland has as an opportunity to help lead by example.
The Trust has been active in promoting an understanding of the economics of ecosystem goods and services for a number of years and published its policy on the subject in 2010.
- The Scottish Wildlife Trust is currently leading three pioneering ‘Living Landscape’ projects: ecosystem-based initiatives which take an integrated socio-economic and environmental approach to protecting and rebuilding biodiversity.
- In 2010 the Scottish Wildlife Trust was an initiator and key contributor to the Scottish Environment Link Congress on ‘The Environment and Economics’.
- In 2011 the Scottish Wildlife Trust published ‘Climate Connections: towards low carbon, high biodiversity economies’, launched at the European Union’s annual policy conference (‘Green Week’).
- The Scottish Wildlife Trust was an active contributor to the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UK NEA), published in 2011; we are continuing our involvement through membership of the UK NEA ‘Follow On’ Stakeholder Group.
- Since 2012, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has been a member of the European Commission-led working group on ‘No Net Loss’.
The Scottish Wildlife Trust works with many other organisations to explore new ways of thinking that will help protect and enhance our natural capital. Our Director of Conservation, Jonathan Hughes is an IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) Councillor and also chair of the Council’s Policy and Programmes Committee, which oversees the IUCN’s Private Sector Task Force. Jonathan is also a regular speaker on the subject of ‘moving beyond GDP’.
OUR AIMS FOR THE EVENT
- We want to highlight opportunities for businesses to make a net positive contribution to our natural environment, for the benefit of biodiversity, the economy and society
- We want to work with businesses and governments to help develop and implement robust methodologies for accounting for natural capital
- We want to ensure that the highest possible standards are applied to new systems of natural capital valuation
- We pioneer
- We lead by example
- We inspire
- We are inclusive
- We collaborate
The Scottish Wildlife Trust is a charity, governed by a Council of Trustees, elected by members. Council is chaired by Allan Bantick. You can read more about the Scottish Wildlife Trust on our website.
THE SMALL PRINT
The World Forum on Natural Capital is being run through Natural Capital Scotland Ltd, a wholly owned trading subsidiary of the Scottish Wildlife Trust. The Forum is not being run as a profit-making venture; in the event of any financial surplus this will be re-invested directly in the conservation work of the Scottish Wildlife Trust.
You can view the project team here.
The Scottish Wildlife Trust is a Scottish registered charity (charity number SC005792) and a company limited by guarantee (registered number SC040247).