The Greater Manchester Natural Capital Group Annual Conference will take place on 30 January 2019 to explore opportunities to protect and enhance the city region’s natural environment.
‘Natural capital’ encompasses all the benefits provided by the natural environment, such as clean water, clean air, food, timber, flood protection and recreation.
The development of innovative finance models to support natural capital investment in Greater Manchester is a key of the city region’s Urban Pioneer programme, announced as part of the government’s 25 Year Environment Plan at the start of 2018.
With the first Natural Capital Investment Plan being developed for Greater Manchester, the conference will focus on:
• Why invest in natural capital and what is being done to support investment
• What organisations look for when investing in natural capital
• What are the most promising financing opportunities for Greater Manchester
• How these financing opportunities can be delivered
The event is aimed at professionals working in the environment, finance and public policy, including investors, policymakers, land owners and managers, environmentalists and business executives.
Among others, confirmed speakers include Emma Howard Boyd, chair of the Environment Agency; Anne Selby, chief executive of The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire, Manchester and North Lancashire; and Chris Matthews, head of sustainability at United Utilities.
The full day event will take place on Wednesday 30 January 2019 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester. For more information, click here.