Seminar with Pavan Sukhdev: Environmental Services – an Increasingly Important Asset

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Every day we use valuable natural resources and environmental services completely out of charge and without thinking about it. Generally speaking, the business community and society depend on the biodiversity and functioning of ecosystem services in order to create wealth. Ecosystem services are essential services that nature provides us with; because of this we have access to food, clean water and energy. In other words, ecosystem services are a key component of our economy.

In November, economist Pavan Sukhdev is visiting Sweden to receive Gothenburg’s price for Sustainability. Pavan Sukhdev has made a career in banking, and is now working as the CEO of GIST, a specialized advisory and consulting firm that helps governments and companies to identify, measure, assess and manage their impact on nature. Pavan Sukhdev is a Visiting Fellow at Yale University, where awarded McCluskey Fellowship in 2011 for his book “The Corporation in 2020.” Previously, he was working as a Special Adviser and Head of UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative. He is also a leading author of the book “Towards a Green Economy”. While working full time at Deutsche Bank, Pavan was also appointed to lead TEEB, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity, by the EU Commission and Germany. TEEB draws attention to the importance ​​of biodiversity and ecosystems which today is lost.

In the TEEB study Pavan Sukhtev shows that that the external costs of agriculture, mining, steel and paper industry represent approximately 13 percent of the global economy’s value. What would happen if companies had to internalize these costs? The price tag for corporate environmental degradation is estimated at $ 2,000 billion per year. How long will society pay these costs?

Coffee served from 9:45

Presentation Pavan Sukhdev, 30 min.

Panel discussion, 60min.

Questions from the public, 30 min.

Moderator: Johan Kuylenstierna, SEI

Panelists:

  • Maria Schultz, Stockholm Resilience Centre and researcher for the governmental initiative “Making visible the value of ecosystem services”
  • Jonas Ahlén, investment Manager, Sustainable Investment at Storebrand Asset Management
  • Phillia Restiani, Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI)

Contact person ekaterina.bessonova@sei-international.org

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Date

2013-11-26

Time

10:00-12:00

Organisers

SIANI
Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI)
Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC)
Swedish Water House
SWESIF

Venue

Swedbanks konferenslokal

Address

Brunkenbergstorg 8
Stockholm

Contact

ekaterina.bessonova@sei-international.org

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