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2018 Natural Capital Symposium at Stanford University

The 2018 Natural Capital Symposium will be held at Stanford University from March 19-22, 2018. This event is a major convening of leaders advancing the science and practice of incorporating nature’s diverse values into decisions. Interactive sessions throughout the symposium will focus on five central themes: sustainable development planning, securing freshwater, fostering resilient coastal communities, developing sustainable cities, and creating standards for the private sector. You can read more about the Natural Capital Symposium on the Natural Capital Project website.

The symposium will host several exciting keynote speakers: Jane Lubchenco, University Distinguished Professor, Oregon State University, and former Administrator, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Harini Nagendra, Professor of Sustainability at Azim Premji University and author of the book "Nature in the City: Bengaluru in the Past, Present, and Future", and returning keynote speaker, Mark Tercek, President and CEO of The Nature Conservancy (TNC), will be joined on Tuesday March 20 by Hugh Possingham, TNC’s Chief Scientist.

There is a scholarship initiative to at least partially support the registration and travel costs for attendees from low-income countries or other circumstances where the costs of attending and/or traveling to the event present a barrier to their attendance. The application period for these scholarships is October 6th - December 8th, 2017. To apply, please complete this short application form.

Last year’s symposium drew over 300 people from 31 countries, representing universities, NGOs, businesses, governments, and other institutions. Attendees heard from 100 presenters about advances in science, the development of tools, and how natural capital understanding is being used to inform decisions around the world. This year, the symposium is also pleased to announce a scholarship initiative to support attendance and travel for students and practitioners from low-income countries. It has been exciting to watch this event grow over the last several years, and we’re looking forward to spending time with an even bigger and broader community at the 2018 event. Please come join us, as we all work together to ensure that nature’s contributions to society make their way into smarter decisions for a more sustainable future.

Click here to submit a short talk abstract to the 2018 Natural Capital Symposium, and click here to register.

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