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Archive for March, 2012

“The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB) is a major international initiative to draw attention to the global economic benefits of biodiversity, to highlight the growing costs of biodiversity loss and ecosystem degradation, and to draw together action-oriented expertise from the fields of science, economics and policy.”

This week sees a conference to mark the second anniversary of TEEB’s publication and is an opportunity to take stock of the effect it has on environmental policy making and bring policy and research closer.

Members of the herd will be at the conference, in particular, to share our work on valuing the ecosystem services provided by the marine environment. Patsy will be reporting back after the conference but in the meantime, click here is the link to the conference site where you can download the agenda.

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The biggest part of our job as environmental economics consultants is to communicate economic evidence to decision makers.

This interview with John Loughton, scientist and ex-chair of Royal Commission for Environmental Pollution is inspirational, as his report ‘Making Space for Nature’ has been.

He has some great insight on how to communicate scientific evidence to decision makers.  He says such communication is more an art than science….but an art that should be based on evidence, not opinion. He does not like people saying ‘in my opinion there is no climate change’…it’s not a matter of opinion, it’s a matter of evidence he says. He also urges everyone not to shy away from ‘awkward facts’.

It really is an inspirational interview and it is available online to listen again on the BBC Website:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01d0rtj

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