The South West Business Council (SWBC) was joined by world-leading environmental experts, top university wildlife academics, members of the House of Lords and the Crown Estate, as well as delegates honoured by the Queen, for their recent Quarterly Conference this September in Devon.
The focus of the conference was on the environment, Natural Capital and the crucial programmes available to help businesses reach their Net Zero ambitions, such as the Natural Capital Fund; the Smart Biosphere and the Natural Capital Marketplace (NCM). Attendees will also hear about the Natural Capital opportunities available locally in Devon, and the significance of the UNESCO Biosphere area, in which the event at Petroc is located. The North Devon Biosphere is one of 700+ Biospheres across the globe that cover 5% of the earth’s surface and is recognised as a world-leading enterprise for its work on Natural Capital, recently gaining international recognition for its environmental programmes.
The event, which took place on Wednesday September 7 2022 at Petroc College in Barnstaple, was held in conjunction with the North Devon Biosphere Foundation and in partnership with co-sponsors Nutri-San and Petroc.
An esteemed line up of keynote speakers were in attendance, including Professor Ian Bateman OBE, the Chair of Natural England Dr Tony Juniper CBE, House of Lords member Lord Robin Teverson, UNESCO Biosphere Founder Andy Bell, the Biosphere Foundation’s Commercial Lead Rob Passmore, the Crown Estate’s Senior Development Manager Caroline Price, McKinsey & Company’s Director Robin Smale, Siemens Industry Software’s VP & Managing Director, Ben Sheath.
Paul Coles, CEO of the South West Business Council, said: “The work of the North Devon Biosphere is arguably leading in the Natural Capital space, and we are delighted to hold our conference in the centre of the UNESCO biosphere, at Petroc College. Our prestigious speakers come from a range of senior roles and backgrounds in the environmental and sustainability sectors, and will bring a wealth of expert knowledge and insight to our event.”
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