More about Biodiversity & Natural Capital


Natural capital are the assets that come from our ecoysystems - water, timber, land for crops, etc. The movement to value these natual assets is reaching the highest levels of global governance in order to set policy and prioritize the saving and careful use of these assets, according to Janez Poloznic the European Union Commissioner...

Natural Capital

Janez Potočnik, the European Union Environment Commissioner, said that the 21st century was one of "fragility" in comparison to the 20th which was the century of "growth." In keeping with that message, Potočnik told the audience at CCI's symposium that the relevance of biodiversity to daily life in both the developed and developing world was of critical importance because our current way of life was not sustainable.

Potočnik argued that incidents such as the financial crisis actually created opportunities to re-examine our way of life, saying that currently to match our levels of consumption you would need 1.5x the resources on earth

A Question of Politics? Biodiversity's Relation to Business is More Political than Scientific

Professor Bhaskar Vira of Cambridge University's Department of Geography argues that the critical policy decisions around biodiversity are not based on issues of science as much as they are based on politics.

Diamonds and Water: The Biodiversity Value Paradox

Legendary economist Adam Smith argues that human beings do not value what they use the most e.g. water and instead pay highly for something that has no real use e.g. diamonds. Bhaskar Vira, Professor of Geography, at Cambridge University explains why Smith's paradox applies today as we try to find ways to place a value on natural capital.

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