The 2015 World Forum on Natural Capital will combine lively and engaging plenary sessions, featuring high-profile and influential speakers, with two days of dynamic and interactive breakout sessions.
Breakout sessions will cater for all levels of expertise. They will allow further exploration of key topics, taking delegates on an in-depth journey that begins with understanding natural capital and culminates in examining how to go about implementing change. Outside the main plenary and breakout sessions there will be a focus on networking and building valuable relationships.
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