Professor Rosie Hails of the NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology is one of five members appointed today to the independent Natural Capital Committee by Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman.
The Natural Capital Committee, a key Natural Environment White Paper Commitment, will provide advice on the state of English Natural Capital to the Economic Affairs Cabinet Committee, chaired by the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The Committee will help the government to ensure the value of England’s natural capital and its potential to support growth is fully taken into account in decision-making.
Rosie, a section head at the NERC Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, has an MBE for services to Environmental Research and is also a senior research associate of Oxford University. She served as lead author on diseases and pests section of the National Ecosystem Assessment, and is chair of the Natural Capital Initiative.
The Natural Capital Committee is a time limited ad-hoc advisory body, rather than an NDPB, with a built in review in 2014. It will be supported by a natural capital asset check scoping study, and the 2nd phase of the highly influential National Ecosystem Assessment.
Defra announced the appointments on its website
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