Just when you thought talk of COP was over for the year, here, hard on its heels, is ‘the other COP’. COP15 is the long-delayed international meeting to agree a way forward on the biodiversity crisis. Governments from around the world will be meeting in Montreal in December to try to agree a set of binding targets that will halt the ongoing loss of biodiversity and bring us closer to the vision of “living in harmony with nature”. Although the biodiversity COPs have historically been somewhat overshadowed by the focus on international climate agreements, this month’s meeting could finally deliver the equivalent of a Paris Agreement for nature. This could have far-reaching implications for business, including new regulations, changes to incentives and subsidies, and the start of mandatory reporting on nature impacts. Steph Wray from Nature Positive will be here to answer all your questions before she packs her thermals and heads off to join the debate.
Stephanie Wray is a Director of the RSK Group and the founder of Nature Positive, a boutique consultancy assessing corporate biodiversity risks and dependencies. She is an ecologist and biodiversity expert with more than 25 years of experience in the assessment of the impacts of major infrastructure projects and organisations on biodiversity. She has worked in the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Before joining the RSK group, Stephanie was Global Environment Director for Hyder Consulting, now Arcadis. She has held a number of non-executive, interim management and consulting roles at organisations including Atkins, National Grid, Highways Agency and ERM. A past president of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), Stephanie is chair of CIEEM’s Strategic Policy Panel that coordinates the institute’s policy activities throughout the UK and Ireland and is regularly called on to provide advice to ministers, select committees and government departments and agencies.