Pricing nature for biodiversity: opportunities, challenges and limitations

This event took place on 11 March 2014

As scientists and managers are constantly looking for an efficient approach to safeguard biological diversity and ecosystem services against the many, and growing, anthropogenic threats, economic appraisal of the natural environment is becoming increasingly popular. If nature and the benefits humans derive from it can be given a finite monetary value then, by definition, the cost of destroying the natural environment, or the benefit of protecting it, can indeed also be derived. While the idea that the value of biodiversity is partially utilitarian has not been unanimously endorsed, looking at conservation in terms of monetary costs and benefits has advantages no one can deny. This meeting will present the opportunities, challenges and limitations associated with pricing nature endeavours, and highlight the possible way forward.

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Further Information: please contact Megan Orpwood-Russell, Scientific Meetings Coordinator, Zoological Society of London, Regents Park, London NW1 4RY. 
Tel:+44 (0)20 7449 6227. Fax: +44 (0)20 7449 6411. E-mail: megan.orpwood-russell@zsl.org.