What is the potential for working wetlands?
The great promise of natural capital thinking is that money can be better targeted to create economic value if the benefits of investing in nature are properly valued.
Realising that promise requires rigorous understanding of the costs of degraded environments, the benefits of improved environments, and where they fall.
Wetlands are among the most cost-effective habitats to invest in, delivering amenity, flood relief, better water quality and carbon sequestration. Wetlands designed to maximise these benefits are known as “working wetlands”.
Working wetlands can create value extremely efficiently, yet there is little effective policy to promote wetland creation and restoration. What is the potential for working wetlands? Why has so little policy been focused on their potential? How can forthcoming policy decisions deliver the best investments? This Castle Debate will explore the answers.
Pamela Castle OBE
Martin Spray CBE, Chief Executive, Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust
Miles King, Chief Executive, People Need Nature
Charlie Stratford, Wetland Hydrologist Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and, member, Natural Capital Committee
Organised by Pamela Castle OBE
09.00 - 09.30am registration and refreshments
09.30 - 11.30am speaker presentations, Q&A
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