South West Marine Businesses invited to discover the merits of ‘Natural Capital’

26 Jun 2017

Businesses and organisations with links to the South West marine industry are invited to learn about the increasingly significant concept of ‘natural capital’, and the value natural capital approaches can add to both business and our local environment.

The Devon Maritime Forum has teamed up with the North Devon Marine Pioneer (North Devon Biosphere Reserve), the SWEEP project (Plymouth University, Plymouth Marine Laboratory and University of Exeter), and the UK SEAS project (WWF) to organise and host the first event of its kind - the South West Marine Natural Capital Conference 2017.

Taking place on Tuesday 11 July 2017 at Exeter Racecourse, the event will provide an excellent opportunity for businesses and interested stakeholders to learn more about natural capital, the natural capital approach, and the region’s marine and coastal assets.

While it remains to be seen the extent to which there is cross-party commitment to the much- anticipated Defra 25 year plan, there has no doubt been a considerable investment over recent years in the notion of natural capital. The concept is gaining in currency and beginning to establish itself firmly in policy too, with natural capital approaches to funding and decision-making already commonplace in many organisations. Understanding more about this new way thinking about the environment could be of benefit to a wide range of industries.

Central to the day will be the showcasing three projects that have the future of the South West’s marine economy at their heart: DEFRA North Devon Marine Pioneer, South West Partnership for Environmental and Economic Prosperity (SWEEP) and the WWF UK Seas project. Attendees can learn about and engage with the individual projects, and have the opportunity to explore their common themes, challenges and ambitions.

Also confirmed to speak on the day is Tony Juniper; a campaigner, writer, sustainability advisor, and leading British environmentalist. Tony has written several books, including the multi-award winning best-seller What has Nature ever done for us?, and works as a Special Adviser to the Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit. Tony will kick-start the morning sessions with his introduction to what natural capital does for us in the UK.

The conference will also provide an unrivalled opportunity to meet and network with members and associates of the largest cross-sectoral marine and coastal partnership in the region.

Tickets are free, but places must be reserved in advance as demand is expected to be high. A complimentary lunch is included. To book, or for more details of the full programme, please visit:



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