World Forum on Natural Capital Reframes Nature as Solution

World Forum on Natural CapitalHow can we move away from business as usual, with all of the weight of its negative externalities and unintended consequences, and further toward a more sustainable world?

One answer might lie in trying to focus more on natural capital, and less on financial capital, and an upcoming event could be an inspiring source for business leaders looking to understand the issues and solve real-life business challenges while supporting sustainability practices.

“Natural Capital can be defined as the world’s stocks of natural assets which include geology, soil, air, water and all living things. It is from this Natural Capital that humans derive a wide range of services, often called ecosystem services, which make human life possible.

The most obvious ecosystem services include the food we eat, the water we drink and the plant materials we use for fuel, building materials and medicines. There are also many less visible ecosystem services such as the climate regulation and natural flood defences provided by forests, the billions of tonnes of carbon stored by peatlands, or the pollination of crops by insects. Even less visible are cultural ecosystem services such as the inspiration we take from wildlife and the natural environment.” – World Forum on Natural Capital

The upcoming World Forum on Natural Capital takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland, on Thursday the 21st and Friday the 22nd of November 2013. The event will feature workshops, plenary debates, presentations on case studies, panels, and networking sessions on topics relating to natural capital across supply chains, the financial sector, infrastructure, and industry.

Find out more, and reserve your place at this important event at the World Forum on Natural Capital website.

Written by Derek Markham

lives in southwestern New Mexico and digs bicycles, simple living, organic gardening, sustainable lifestyle design, slacklining, bouldering, and permaculture. He loves good food, with fresh roasted chiles at the top of his list of favorites. Catch up with Derek on Twitter, RebelMouse, Google+, or at his natural parenting site, Natural Papa!


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