Introduction to Natural Capital and Biodiversity

Introduction to Natural Capital and Biodiversity

In this video, James introduces the five key questions that must be considered when exploring natural capital. He defines what natural capital is, why it is important and what implications the decline of natural capital is already having and will have in the near future. He delves into why natural capital is currently misvalued and finally, what we can do to move to a more nature positive economy.

Natural capital is the essence of all goods and services and it plays a pivotal role in all of our lives. Natural capital can be broadly split into two categories, non-renewable assets such as gas and coal and renewable natural assets, such as fisheries. It is estimated that these two categories underpin much of the world economy, with $44 trillion highly or moderately dependant on nature and its resources. Traditionally, natural capital has not been taken into account on corporate balance sheets and it has not factored into decisions that have caused significant damage to natural resources.

Key learning objectives:

  • Understand what three activities are primarily contributing to a decline in natural capital

  • Learn more about different mechanisms that can be used to slow the loss of biodiversity

  • Understand different types of reporting and disclosure that are enabling organisations to identify their direct and indirect impacts on natural capital

  • Explore avenues to transition to a natural positive economy

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James Clifton

James Clifton

James Clifton is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer at Cultivo, a fintech company whose mission is to unlock investment in nature at scale. He is a technology entrepreneur with over 20 years of experience building data-driven technology ventures from ideas to IPO. 

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