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Putting a Price on the Priceless: Valuing Nature?

18 June 2013

Organised jointly by the British Ecological Society (BES) and the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).

There is great interest amongst scientists, economists and policy-makers in the possibility of quantifying the value of the nature. Without putting a price, economic or otherwise, on natural assets, underpinning the delivery of life-support services (‘ecosystem services’) essential to humankind, so the argument goes, nature is ignored in decision-making, becoming ever-more degraded. But what difference is an emphasis on valuation making to the practical conservation of biodiversity and landscape management in the UK? How is valuation affecting business decisions and consumer choices? Is there the scientific evidence base to underpin these developments? And finally, is it moral to put a price on nature at all?

Chair: Fred Pearce, New Scientist


Slideshow of images and audio from the event

An audio recording of the proceedings is available to listen to on SoundCloud, via the British Ecological Society website.

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