About the event

A unique gathering of scientists, policy makers and business people committed to conservation and biodiversity.

The Subject

Why biodiversity? Why does it matter and why should we care about it? Biodiversity is simply the world's natural capital. It provides humanity with vital goods and services necessary for survival and prosperity, such as food, fuel, medicines, and the ecosystems that maintain clean water and fresh air. There is increasing interest in and concern for maintaining this natural capital, both across governments and the private sector, because of its economic value and its societal values.

The Conference

Cambridge Conservation Institute's Conference on the Future of Biodiversity and Natural Capital was a unique gathering of scientists, policy makers and business people committed to conservation and biodiversity.

Over the course of one day, these leaders presented, discussed, debated and issued a set of findings on how biodiversity matters to business, and the best steps forward to conserve the world's natural capital.

The conference emphasised how biodiversity is important not just from a pure conservation standpoint but from a business one as well. Business can play a vital and leading role in professionalising how natural capital can be valued and accounted for as well as how it is managed and conserved.

The Institute

The Cambridge Conservation Initiative is a unique collaboration between the University of Cambridge and leading biodiversity conservation organisations in and around Cambridge. CCI seeks to transform the global understanding and conservation of biodiversity and the natural capital it represents and, through this, secure a sustainable future for all life on Earth. The CCI partners together combine and integrate research, education, policy and practice to create innovative solutions for society and to foster conservation learning and leadership.

The Place

Cambridge Judge Business School is a leading centre for teaching and research located at the heart of Cambridge University. A one of a kind institution, the School seeks to expand research and thinking about business through hosting institutes and conferences that bring together diverse minds to find what's relevant, timely and influential for business growth, practice and leadership.

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Cambridge Conservation Initiative partners

Link to Birdlife International - Working together for birds and people British Trust for Ornithology The Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Tropical Biology Association Link to IUCN, the International Union for Conservation of Nature Link to Fauna & Flora International Link to The Cambridge Conservation Forum Link to TRAFFIC, the wildlife trade monitoring network Link to United Nations Environment Programme - World Conservation Monitoring Centre