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ASL Webinar: Valuing Nature Conservation – Quantifying the benefits of protecting the planet's natural capital

November 322, 2020 | 11:00 AM | Webinar

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Webinar: Tuesday, Nov 17, 2020
11am – noon Washington D.C.

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Much of the global economy depends on natural capital. Acting as the planet's balance sheet, natural capital provides critical services and resilience. It supports water cycles and soil formation while protecting our communities from major storms, floods, fires, and desertification. By absorbing CO2, it limits the pace of climate change. Biodiversity, a core component of natural capital, supports activities as wide-ranging as pharmaceutical innovation, ecotourism, and crop pollination. These are just a few of the numerous "co-benefits" that make nature so valuable. Yet the complexity of natural capital makes its benefits hard to quantify, leading many to overlook nature as an investment opportunity.

 

This webinar will focus on the results of the latest McKinsey and Company report "Valuing Nature Conservation: A methodology for quantifying the benefits of protecting the planet's natural capital" that seeks to provide a fact base and methodology with actionable recommendations to help decision-makers to pursue the permanent conservation of at least 30 percent of the planet's surface by 2030, nearly doubling nature conservation on land and in national waters. To pursue this target, decision-makers would need rigorous data-driven analysis to evaluate strategies and design conservation efforts while capturing benefits and managing risks. Join this webinar to learn more.

 

Chair

Valerie Hickey – Practice Manager, Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy (ENB) in Latin America and the Caribbean, the World Bank Group

Speakers

Duko Hopman – Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

Robert Wilson – Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company

Discussants

Giovanni Ruta – Senior Environmental Economist, ENB, the World Bank Group

Olga Gavryliuk – Environmental Policy Specialist, ENB, the World Bank Group

 

Valerie Hickey, Practice Manager, Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy in Latin America and the Caribbean, World Bank, Valerie is the Practice Manager for Environment, Natural Resources and Blue Economy in Latin America and the Caribbean. In LAC, Valerie manages a cross-sectoral team that provides technical assistance, convening services, and capital at scale to governments, communities and companies on issues related to integrated coastal zone management, fisheries, forests and biodiversity, pollution management and environmental health, environmental economics and environmental risk management.

Almost twenty years ago, Valerie joined the World Bank as a technical specialist in East Asia and the Pacific, working on environment and rural development projects. Valerie has since worked across the Bank’s regions providing design and implementation support to a variety of operations, including in fragile states, where she led the Bank’s environment portfolio in Haiti following the earthquake in 2010. Valerie managed the Bank’s natural resources and environment risk management portfolio across Europe and Central Asia. Valerie holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University.
 

 

Duko Hopman, Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company, Duko is based in New York. He is a leader in McKinsey & Company Healthcare Systems & Services practice and splits his time between supporting US healthcare clients and global nature conservation topics. Duko has supported governments with wildlife poaching crises, national park strategies, and 'wildlife economy' strategies and has worked closely with leading conservation organizations to shape their strategies. Duko holds a BSc. in Biology, an MSc. in Epidemiology, and an MBA from Columbia University.

 

Robert Wilson, Engagement Manager, McKinsey & Company, Robert is based in London. He is focused on sustainability topics, in particular natural capital and conservation. He recently led the team developing McKinsey's landmark report on conservation, "Valuing Nature Conservation," published in September 2020, and has subsequently had the opportunity to apply and refine these findings during a country-specific project. Robert holds a Masters in Civil Engineering from the University of Bristol.

 

Olga Gavryliuk, Environmental Policy Specialist, ENB Global Practice, World Bank, Olga joined the World Bank in 2013 as a consultant in the Madagascar Country Office, where she supervised a portfolio of environmental and disaster-risk management projects, with a focus on biodiversity conservation, sustainable forest management, and community development. Since 2018, she supported the Road to Kunming - the World Bank's engagement in the process leading up to the COP-15 of the Convention on Biological Diversity, as well as a portfolio of investment project financing, development policy financing, and analytic work in the Latin America and the Caribbean region. Olga holds an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University.

 

Gianni Ruta, Senior Environmental Economist in the ENB Global Practice at the World Bank, Gianni joined the World Bank in 2001, and he is currently coordinating the World Bank's support to the Convention on Biological Diversity as Parties prepare a "post-2020 global biodiversity framework". He has worked extensively on natural capital accounting and has led investment project financing, development policy financing, and analytic work on green growth and sustainability. He has extensive experience in Latin America and Africa. Gianni has a PhD in Environmental Economics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

 

 

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