The concept of ecosystem services has become a useful tool in highlighting the value of healthy ecosystems for human well-being.
This seminar will explore key challenges and research frontiers when moving from theory to real-world application in achieving more sustainable land management practices. What are the potential for replicating and scaling up successful approaches to achieve meaningful impact globally?
Ecosystem services are the benefits people obtain from ecosystem processes. These include water and air purification, flood control, erosion control, generation of fertile soils, detoxification of wastes, resistance to climate and other environmental changes, pollination, and aesthetic and cultural benefits that derive from nature.
About Gretchen Daily
Gretchen Daily was awarded the Volvo Environment Prize in 2012 for her pioneering work on quantifying and valuing natural capital. In 2002 she published her book The New Economy of Nature: the Quest to Make Conservation Profitable (written with Katherine Ellison).
In 2006 she and others founded the Natural Capital Project, where Stanford University, together with the Worldwide Fund for Nature and The Nature Conservancy, develops methods for measuring the economic value of ecosystem services.
Professor Gretchen Daily is not only a prominent theoretician in her field, she is also in demand as adviser to projects across the world where efforts are being made to protect the biological productivity of land areas while at the same time enabling sustainable economic growth.
Prof. Gretchen Daily, Stanford University
Dr. Åsa Gren, The Beijer Institute of Ecological Economics
Dr. Thomas Hahn, Stockholm Resilience Centre
Prof. Garry Peterson, Stockholm Resilience Centre
Dr. Maria Tengö, Stockholm Resilience Centre, Stockholm University
The seminar will take place 21 November 2012, 09.00-12.00, at The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Beijer Hall, Lilla Frescativägen 4A, Stockholm.
The symposium is free of charge and open to the public but registration is required.