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Ecosystem debate at Abertay

25 February 2014

The Scottish branch of the CIWEM will be holding its annual debate at Abertay University on Wednesday (February 26).

The topic under discussion will be ‘Ecosystem Services: must everything have a monetary value?’ and members of the public are warmly invited to attend.

The debate will also be livestreamed.

Ecosystem Service valuation is a hot topic at the moment, and speakers both for and against the motion will passionately debate the issue.

The panel will consist of Professor Iain Brown, from the James Hutton Institute; Professor Colin Reid, from Dundee University; Mr Graham Esson, from Perth and Kinross Council; and Professor Wilfred Otten, from Abertay University.

Dr Rebecca Wade from Abertay University – who will be Chairing the debate – said:

“This debate will address issues such as whether we should put a monetary value on nature, and whether it is even possible to do so, and the audience are warmly invited to share their views and join the debate.

“We’ll be asking lots of questions on the night, such as ‘if the value of ecosystems cannot directly be compared with the value of roads, airports and schools, then how can efforts to protect and conserve them hope to compete against business and development goals?’

“Putting a value on nature is incredibly complex, and if we are going to need to do it, then businesses will need the tools to measure their impact on a consistent basis and to understand what their impacts will be. So there’s lots to discuss, and we’re really looking forward to hearing all the different sides of the argument.”

This event begins at 6pm and will take place in Room 2522, Kydd Building, Bell Street, Dundee.

To view and take part in the debate online, log on here from 6pm on February 26. You will be able to submit questions as the debate progresses.


For media enquiries please contact Kirsty Cameron T: 01382 308935 M: 07972172158 E:

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