Valuing nature for economic growth, well-being and happiness

Aberysthwyth (and online)
United Kingdom
Bluebell forest in the sunlight

Organised by Aberystwyth University at the Tŷ Trafod Ymchwil or Research Dialogue Hub

This Aberystwyth University 150th Anniversary Event on "Valuing Nature for Economic Growth, Well-being, and Happiness" explores four different perspectives on valuing nature (from economics to Buddhist philosophy) that can help us address the biodiversity crisis and create a more harmonious relationship with the natural world.

Mike Christie, Chair of the IPBES Values Assessment, will be drawing on his work at IPBES. Get your copy of the factsheet for this assessment from ONet.


  • Dr Ruth Waters, Director of Evidence and Natural England:
    The Economics of Biodiversity: the Dasgupta Review and Inclusive Wealth.
  • Prof Mike Christie, Professor of Environmental Economics, Aberystwyth University and Chair of the IPBES Values Assessment:
    The IPBES 'Values Assessment' perspective on the multiple values of nature.
  • Dr Karen Darke MBE, Mindfulness speaker:
    Insights from Bhutan where national wealth in measured in terms of Gross National Happiness.
  • His Eminence Khedrupchan Rinpoche, Head of the Sangchen Ogyen Tsuklag Monastery in Trongsa, Bhutan:
    Buddhist beliefs and practices that promote living in harmony with nature.

Following the presentations, Prof Carwyn Jones, Professor in Law, Aberystwyth University and former First Minister of Wales, will moderate a 30-minute panel discussion.

>> Watch the live-stream on 16 Nov 2023, 15.00-16.30 UTC


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Top photo by Greg Krycinski (kretktz) on Pixabay: bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta), or Clychau'r gog in Welsh, are native to Atlantic areas from Northern Spain to the British Isles. These bulbous perennials are associated with ancient woodlands. In British folklore they are known as the fairies' flowers and in stylised form, they feature in the Botanical Society of Britain & Ireland's logo, in recognition of "the nation's favourite flower". Numerous people enjoy walks through the bluebell forests in spring.