Why this event?

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The World Forum on Natural Capital is once again being organised by the Scottish Wildlife Trust, in association with the United Nations Environment Programme; International Union for Conservation of Nature; World Business Council for Sustainable Development; Natural Capital Coalition and The Wildlife Trusts. 

"Ultimately nature is priceless. But it is not valueless. The urgent challenge facing us in the next decade is to more fully understand this value, and the critical services nature provides to our economy and society "

Jonathan Hughes

Chief Executive, Scottish Wildlife Trust

About the Scottish Wildlife Trust

For over 50 years, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has worked with its members, partners and supporters in pursuit of its vision of healthy, resilient ecosystems across Scotland’s land and seas. The Trust successfully champions the cause of wildlife through policy and campaigning work, demonstrates best practice through practical conservation and innovative partnerships, and inspires people to take positive action through its education and engagement activities. The Trust manages a network of 120 wildlife reserves across Scotland and is a member of the UK-wide Wildlife Trusts movement.


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The need for action

Nature is our life support system but it is under threat. This has implications not only for nature itself but also for our economy and society at large.

The Scottish Wildlife Trust believes there is an urgent need to foster a better understanding of our impact on the natural world and that Scotland has as an opportunity to help lead by example.

The Trust has been active in promoting an understanding of the economics of ecosystem goods and services for a number of years and published its policy on the subject in 2010.


  • The Scottish Wildlife Trust is currently leading three pioneering ‘Living Landscape’ projects: ecosystem-based initiatives which take an integrated socio-economic and environmental approach to protecting and rebuilding biodiversity.

  • In 2013, the Scottish Wildlife Trust organised the inaugural World Forum on Natural Capital, the first major global conference devoted to this rapidly evolving topic. The event brought together 500 business leaders, government representatives and environmental experts from 35 countries to help turn the debate on Natural Capital into action.

  • The Scottish Forum on Natural Capital was launched at the inaugural World Forum on Natural Capital, with the support of then First Minister, Alex Salmond. The Scottish Forum brings together public, private and voluntary sector organisations to protect and rebuild Scotland's natural capital.

  • Since 2012, the Scottish Wildlife Trust has been a member of the European Commission-led working group on ‘No Net Loss’.

  • The Scottish Wildlife Trust was an active contributor to the UK National Ecosystem Assessment (UK NEA), published in 2011; we are continuing our involvement through membership of the UK NEA ‘Follow On’ Stakeholder Group

  • In 2011 the Scottish Wildlife Trust published ‘Climate Connections: towards low carbon, high biodiversity economies’, launched at the European Union’s annual policy conference (‘Green Week’).

  • In 2010 the Scottish Wildlife Trust was an initiator and key contributor to the Scottish Environment Link Congress on ‘The Environment and Economics’.

The Scottish Wildlife Trust works with many other organisations to explore new ways of thinking that will help protect and enhance our natural capital. Our Chief Executive, Jonathan Hughes is an IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) Councillor and also chair of the Council’s Policy and Programmes Committee, which oversees the IUCN’s Private Sector Task Force. Jonathan is also a regular speaker on the subject of ‘moving beyond GDP’. 


Our aims for the event

Working with our partners from Scotland and around the world, we aim to:

  • Progress global action to protect and enhance natural capital, within an ethical framework, for the benefit of society, our economy and the natural environment

  • Demonstrate how profound change can only happen if business leaders, NGOs, governments and others collaborate

  • Contribute to international targets focused on reversing the damage we’re doing to biodiversity and ecosystems

Our values

The Scottish Wildlife Trust has 50 years’ experience of bringing people together to protect our natural environment, through our five core values:

  • We pioneer

  • We lead by example

  • We inspire

  • We are inclusive

  • We collaborate

The Scottish Wildlife Trust is a charity, governed by a Council of Trustees, elected by members. Council is chaired by Robin Harper. You can read more about the Scottish Wildlife Trust on our website.


The small print

The World Forum on Natural Capital is being run through Natural Capital Scotland Ltd (company number SC424744), a wholly owned trading subsidiary of the Scottish Wildlife Trust. The Scottish Wildlife Trust is a Scottish registered charity (charity number SC005792) and a company limited by guarantee (registered number SC040247).

The World Forum is not being run as a profit-making venture for the Scottish Wildlife Trust; in the event of any financial surplus this will be re-invested directly in the conservation work of the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

You can view the project team here.




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We do not have the luxury of doing nothing. While many of us have not fully assessed whether we are protecting the natural capital on which our businesses rely, I wonder if we have asked what the consequences are if this disappears?

Katherine Garrett-Cox
CEO, Alliance Trust

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