Understanding linkages between biodiversity and ecosystem services for exploring the impacts of environmental change

This Valuing Nature Programme Keynote Lecture is being held at Friends House, London on the 20 February 2018, 18:30 – 20:30 and will be given by Professor Paula Harrison, Centre for Ecology & Hydrology.   For further information visit the Valuing Nature website

This 45 minute lecture will be followed by a panel discussion, Q&A and light refreshments. Panel Members are Dr Rob Fish, Professor Michael Winter and Professor Rosie Hails.

Lecture Abstract:  Nature and human society interact in complex ways. Biodiversity underpins many ecosystem services that produce value for people but, at the same time, human development has caused significant losses in biodiversity through overexploitation and other drivers of environmental change. These complex interactions result in significant uncertainties that make it difficult for societies to decide upon the most appropriate actions to adapt to, or to mitigate, the impacts of environmental change. However, improving understanding of at least some of the key relationships between biodiversity, ecosystem services and drivers of environmental change will help guide effective management and protection strategies.

Speaker Biography: Paula Harrison is Professor of Land and Water Modelling and the Principal Natural Capital Scientist at the Centre of Ecology and Hydrology. She specialises in working across disciplines to integrate different types of knowledge using both modelling and participatory approaches to find innovative solutions for operationalising the natural capital and ecosystem service concepts and adapting to climate change. She is currently the Coordinator of the EU-funded €9m IMPRESSIONS project on risks of high-end climate change and is a Coordinating Lead Author for the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) regional assessment of Europe and Central Asia. She was a Contributing Author to the Europe chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 5th Assessment Report, and was a Coordinating Lead Author for the UK National Ecosystem Assessment Follow-On, assessing the robustness of response options for ecosystem services.

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