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45th TB Macaulay Lecture - Professor Gretchen C. Daily

10 September 2024


Edinburgh International Conference Centre

45th TB Macaulay Lecture – Valuing nature for transformation: innovations in policy, finance and practice around the world with Professor Gretchen C. Daily.

An awakening is underway, to the values of nature as an engine of well-being and prosperity – and to the risks and devastating costs of its loss. In her lecture, Professor Gretchen C. Daily will describe key frontiers in understanding human dependence nature – for material basics of nutrition, health, climate security, and economic security to ethereal senses of belonging, beauty, and spirit. Making this understanding accessible and actionable is crucial, to inform the profound societal transformations necessary to secure the biosphere and the human future.

Through vivid examples, Gretchen will bring to life the rapidly growing movement to bring the values of earth’s lands, waters, and biodiversity into the mainstream of decision-making. She will describe pioneering models of success for valuing nature in policy, planning, finance, and practice. These innovations – often born in small countries – use new forms of science, technology, and partnership. They are increasingly scalable, illuminating pathways toward green, inclusive development across the world.

As Scotland pursues a strategic approach to natural capital whilst aiming to have a Nature Positive Scotland by 2030, Gretchen will outline how crucial the role is of recognising the value of natural capital in transitioning towards a more sustainable economy and society and consider the policy and practices that other countries have adopted in approaching this complex yet hugely important and hopeful transformation.

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