Plenary II - Putting a Pricing on Nature: Opportunities and Limitations of Corporate Ecosystem Valuation

Tuesday, April 17th 2012

One of the often heard complaints is that economically seen, nature is invisible: it is not shown in balance sheets and budgets. Through ecosystem valuation these values are made visible to companies.

Prof. Manfred Niekisch, Director, Zoological Garden Frankfurt & Vice President of the Global Nature Fund

Prof. Manfred Niekisch has been the Director of Frankfurt Zoo since March 2008. In July 2010 he was appointed also professor of International Conservation at the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt.
From 1998 to 2008 he had the correspondent professorship at the University of Greifswald (Germany). He also teaches at both the University of Hanoi (Vietnam) and the Universidad Internacional de Andalucía (Spain). In addition, Manfred Niekisch holds a number of honorary positions, including President of the Society for Tropical Ecology (gtö), Vice-President of the Frankfurt Zoological Society (FZS) and Chairman of the OroVerde Foundation. He is a member of the Administrative Council of the Senckenberg Natural History Society (SNG) and International Advisor to National Geographic’s Committee for Research and Exploration. He is also co-editor of the Journal for Nature Conservation.
In his scientific work he focuses on strategies and instruments for the sustainable use of natural resources, especially for the conservation of biodiversity.
Geographically, the focus of both his scientific and practical conservation work lies in Europe, Latin America and Vietnam.



James Griffiths, Managing Director: Ecosystems, Forest Solutions and Water, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

James joined WBCSD in August 2002 based in Geneva, Switzerland. His primary responsibilities are to manage the Council’s Ecosystems Focus Area, a multi-sector program of leading international companies addressing risks and opportunities associated with ecosystem impacts and dependence. James has degrees in Psychology, International Politics and Political Science from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand, and in Political Science from the University of Hawaii, USA. For more information visit the WBCSD’s website:

Mathieu Tolian, Project Manager at the Corporate Social Responsibility Department of Veolia Water

Mathieu Tolian has been Project Manager at the Corporate Social Responsibility Department of Veolia Water since 2011. He leads the Ecosystems Strategy, and manages the internal duplication and external promotion of responsibility best practices. He joined Veolia in 2002. He had previously worked at Veolia Environnement as Environmental Project Manager. He managed the indicators definition and reporting tool administration. He led several projects aiming at clarifying the Ecosystems and Biodiversity strategy of the Group. He had previously worked in the field of Risk Management and Insurance for Veolia Transport, as well as Health and Safety for Veolia Water. He has degrees in Water Treatment and Quality (Hydro-ecology) and QHSE Management.


Maria Norell, Sustainability Manager Pulp and Paper Chemicals, AkzoNobel

Maria Norell is Sustainability Manager for AkzoNobel’s business unit Pulp and Paper Chemicals. She holds a Master of science in chemical engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm 1974. Maria is an active participant of the Sustainable Forest Products Industry work group of WBCSD, World Business Council for Sustainable Development and has held several sustainability presentations in conferences, such as the Chemicals Management Summit, Skellefteå, Sweden 2011 and Sustainability Day, Stockholm Sweden 2010.
Her previous experience includes management in R&D, Intellectual Property and Innovation:
2005-2012 Process RD&I manager at Eka Chemicals in Bohus, Sweden Since early 2009 engaged as Sustainability Focal Point for Eka Chemicals globally
2001-2005 Intellectual Property Manager at Eka Chemicals, Gothenburg, Sweden 1994-2000 Technical Center Manager for Eka Chemicals Retention Paper Chemicals, Rollsbo, Sweden
1982-1994 R&D Manager KemaNord Blekkemi later Eka Chemicals in Sundsvall, Sweden

17/18 April, 2012
Stuttgart, Germany

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