Banking on nature’s assets: unlocking investment in nature for better planetary health

Banking on nature’s assets: unlocking investment in nature for better planetary health" with Dr Giulio Boccaletti

Location: Lecture Theatre, Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad Street (corner of Holywell and Catte Streets), Oxford, OX1 3BD

When: 22 November 2018 17:00 - 18:00

This is a joint lecture with The Rockefeller Foundation Economic Council on Planetary Health at the Oxford Martin School

A concern for planetary health reflects the fact that global health outcomes are unlikely to be sustainable if they are achieved at the expense of the integrity of the very ecosystems human societies depend on. Indeed, the modern economy appears to treat global health and natural systems as substitutes: as we achieve more of the first, more of the second deteriorates. But there is also a different, under-explored, framing. Ecosystem integrity can be complementary to human health: under specific conditions, investing in the first can lead to improving returns on investments in the second. This is the thesis behind the idea of natural infrastructure. Investing in ecosystems for the purposes of achieving societal objectives, including global health, that can prove to be a good deal for both.

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