11th – 15th March

Nature’s Benefits, Natural Capital in the South Atlantic

St Helena took a historical turn and welcomed the first commercial air service in October 2017. As part of the island’s welcome to new visitors with the opening of the airport, St Helena hosted its first international conference entitled: Diverse Island Environments; A multi-disciplinary view of islands in January and February 2018.

The island’s second conference will be held in March 2019 and will focus on the Natural Capital of the South Atlantic. For the last two years, the South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI) has been implementing a Natural Capital Assessment project across the UK’s Overseas Territories in the South Atlantic, funded by UK Government through the Joint Nature Conservation Committee. Partnerships have been built with the UKOT governments and a number of other on and off-island organisations.

People from across the region and globally will travel to St. Helena in March to consolidate the final outputs of the project through a regional conference – the first regional conference to be hosted on St. Helena.

Talks will cover a range of topics from the benefits of cloud forest to the value of the deep sea. On island organisations linked to the Natural Capital project will also be presenting, and the conference will also be a platform for our local researchers and students to share the outcomes of related research that they are doing on island.

The conference is funded by the UK government and is organised by SAERI in partnership with St. Helena Government Enterprise St Helena and St. Helena Tourism.