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Banking Nature: Will putting a price on nature protect it?
Nature is in crisis. If we continue to lose biodiversity at the present speed and scale, the future provision of the most basic of human needs such as food, clean water and clean air could be at risk.

As the EU mounts new legislation and new funds to facilitate private investment in nature, the European Parliament would like to invite you to discuss the defining question of the conservation debate: will putting a price on nature protect it?

15:00 Opening address by Sirpa Pietikäinen, MEP for the European Peoples Party, Committee on Economic and Monetory Affairs.

Screening of Banking Nature, the feature-length documentary commissioned by ARTE . Banking Nature looks at the growing movement to monetise the natural world—and to turn endangered species and threatened areas into instruments of profit and and asks whether viewing nature as natural capital could monetise the natural world. The film director, Sandrine Feydel, will attend the debate.

16:30 Panel Debate
Ms Sandrine Feydel, Director of ‘Banking Nature.’
Ms Pia Bucella, Director of “Natural Capital” DG Environment.
Mr Luc Bas, Director, IUCN EU (tbc)
Ms Kerry ten Kate, Director of Business and Biodiversity Offset Programme, Forest Trends (tbc)
Ms Jutta Kill, World Rainforest Movement

17:30 Closing remarks by Mr Benedek Jávor, MEP for the Greens – European Free Alliance and first vice-chair of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety; and Mr Paul Brannen, MEP for the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats and member of the Committee on Agriculture and Rural Development

17:45 Cocktail

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