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Business, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Valuing the Earth’s Natural Capital

Posted in Events by unaavic on September 13th, 2012

20 September , 2012
2:00 pmto5:00 pm


Photo by London Permaculture via flickr CC

United Nations Association of Australia (Victorian Division) Business, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Valuing the Earth’s Natural Capital Seminar will be held on Thursday 20 September, in partnership with National Australia Bank.

Building momentum for collective action post-Rio+20, the seminar brings together key players from business, government and civil society to discuss the challenges and opportunities in measuring the true value of nature and enhancing natural capital as a critical economic, ecological and social asset.

Join the conversation with an expert panel to discuss:

  • The Natural Capital Declaration and the finance sector
  • Australian Government perspective on natural capital and sustainability: current priorities, measurement and where Australia can make a difference
  • Business and biodiversity: valuing natural capital and ecosystem services in practice
  • The Economics of Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity (TEEB for Business)
  • The System of Environmental – Economic Accounts (SEEA)
  • Integrating the valuing and management of environmental assets into business and government decision-making processes
  • Experiences and opportunities for cross-sector collaboration

Guest speakers:

  • Rosemary Bissett (Head of Sustainability Governance and Risk, Enterprise Risk, National Australia Bank)
  • Malcolm Thompson (Deputy Secretary, Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
  • Stuart Anstee (Chief Adviser, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Rio Tinto)
  • Dr Joshua Bishop (Former Chief Economist, IUCN and National Manager, Markets, Sustainability and Business Partnerships, WWF Australia).
  • Charles Berger (Director of Strategic Ideas, Australian Conservation Foundation)

Facilitator:
Rosemary Sainty (Former Head, Secretariat UN Global Compact Network Australia and Adviser, Corporate Engagement, Transparency International Australia)

Download Seminar Flyer

Date: Thursday 20 September
Time: 1.30pm registration, 2pm to 5pm
Venue: Hosted by National Australia Bank, The Bowl, 500 Bourke St, Melbourne
Cost: Business/Government: $180 (+GST); Non-profit/NGO: $120 (+GST)

REGISTER ONLINE NOW.
Registration deadline: 5pm, Monday 17 September.

RSVP Essential. Please note places are limited, please register early to avoid disappointment.

For more information visit the registration website.


Transitions to Sustainability in Agriculture: Public Lecture

Posted in Events, Research by land-environment on May 17th, 2011

24 May , 2011
5:30 pmto7:00 pm

Date: Tuesday 24th May
Time: 5.30pm

Speaker: Professor Pamela Matson
Chester Naramore Dean of the School of Earth Sciences
Stanford University
Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor of Environmental Studies

Location: Lower Theatre, Melbourne School of Land and Environment Building, University of Melbourne

Earth is undergoing rapid population growth, urbanization, industrial growth, and consumption of natural resources, with concomitant changes in the global life support systems. How can we meet the needs of the 9 billion people while at the same time sustaining the ecosystems, air, water and climate systems on which we rely for our and future generations’ well-being and survival?  Professor Matson will discuss some of the critical challenges at the nexus of food, water and global environmental change, and will present research examples from a multi-disciplinary project in Mexico in which use-inspired research both improved scientific understanding and contributed to sustainable management approaches.

To register, please visit: http://www.land-environment.unimelb.edu.au/deanslectures/matson

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