Natural Assets Definition Workshop held in Bern, Switzerland

Partipants in the Natural Assets Definition Workshop in Bern, Switzerland. Photo: Lorène Mesot and Raphaël Taylor Ponte
At an event this month, researchers gathered in Bern, Switzerland, to examine and define the concept of "Natural Assets."

This news release first appeared on the website of the Global Land Programme (GLP). You can see the original version here.

To learn more about the Natural Assets Knowledge-Action Network and how you can get involved, visit the web page here. You can also join the community on the Open Network.

The first of a series of Future Earth Natural Assets Knowledge-Action Network workshops was held on 12 to 13 September 2017 at the University of Bern in Switzerland. Co-organised by the Swiss Future Earth Global Research Projects (GLP, GMBA, bioDISCOVERY and PAGES), the Swiss Future Earth National Committee hosted by the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT) and the Future Earth Secretariat, the 1.5-day meeting brought together 18 highly respected scholars from across the sciences to further develop the concept of Natural Assets such that various scientific communities and societal actors can work together to mobilise and further agendas for transformative research and action.

The workshop aimed to serve as a contribution to ongoing efforts by the Natural Assets Knowledge-Action Network development team to lay the foundation of the Knowledge-Action Network’s activities and to serve as a catalyst for discussion and co-design via future follow-up events in the coming months, including the II Conference of the Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society and the Future Earth “SDGs and the Anthropocene” meeting tentatively planned for June 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa.