Opportunities, challenges and limitations
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.
Darren Evans, University of Hull
Steve Smith, Technical Director, Policy and Appraisal, URS Infrastructure & Environment UK Limited
David Robinson, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH)
Talk: How Valuable is Soil?
Ian Dickie, EFTEC
Booking is not necessary for this event - seating is allocated on a first come, first served basis.
3 course dinner with the speakers
A dinner will follow this Science and Conservation Event and everyone is welcome. Dinner places cost £35 per person including two glasses of wine and reservations should be made before 5pm on Wednesday 5 March.Dinner booking form - Pricing Nature for Biodiversity event (38.05 KB)
This event will begin at 6.00pm (doors from 5.00pm) and talks are scheduled to finish at 7.45pm; admission is free and open to everyone (no advance booking or registration required). This event will be held in the ZSL Meeting Rooms and seats will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
ZSL Science and Conservation Events: An essential part of ZSL's work is to communicate relevant, high-quality zoological and conservation science. The integrated ZSL Science and Conservation Events programme includes Symposia, and the new 'Wildlife Conservation' and 'Communicating Science' series. Topics cover a wide variety of zoological and conservation themes, and international experts present and discuss their research.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.