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Malcolm Thompson (Deputy Secretary, Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities) - Presentation at the United Nations Association of Australia (Victorian Division) Business, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services: Valuing the Earth's Natural Capital Seminar held in Melbourne, 20 September 2012, in partnership with National Australia Bank.
Building momentum for collective action post-Rio+20, the seminar brought together key players from business, government and civil society to discuss the challenges and opportunities in measuring the true value of nature and enhancing natural capital as a critical economic, ecological and social asset.
An expert panel addressed:
The Natural Capital Declaration and the finance sector
Australian Government perspective on natural capital and sustainability: current priorities, measurement and where Australia can make a difference
Business and biodiversity: valuing natural capital and ecosystem services in practice
The Economics of Ecosystem Services and Biodiversity (TEEB for Business)
The System of Environmental - Economic Accounts (SEEA)
Integrating the valuing and management of environmental assets into business and government decision-making processes
Experiences and opportunities for cross-sector collaboration
Rosemary Bissett (Head of Sustainability Governance and Risk, Enterprise Risk, National Australia Bank)
Malcolm Thompson (Deputy Secretary, Australian Government Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population and Communities
Stuart Anstee (Chief Adviser, Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, Rio Tinto)
Dr Joshua Bishop (Former Chief Economist, IUCN and National Manager, Markets, Sustainability and Business Partnerships, WWF Australia).
Charles Berger (Director of Strategic Ideas, Australian Conservation Foundation)
Rosemary Sainty (Former Head, Secretariat UN Global Compact Network Australia and Adviser, Corporate Engagement, Transparency International Australia)
More information available at: http://www.unaavictoria.org.au/education-advocacy/masterclasses/natural-capital-seminar/