Today [October 3 2016], Dr Marta Santamaría has taken over as the Natural Capital Coalition’s Technical Director.
Marta brings over 15 years of experience promoting environmental economics and natural capital valuation, both in the public and the private sector.
Prior to her appointment at the Coalition, Marta worked as Scientific Project Officer for the European Commission’s Institute for Energy and Transport. In the past, she has worked for PwC, the Spanish National Research Centre of Energy, Environment and Technology, Red Electrica de España and the Universidad de Alcalá.
Marta has co-authored two books, and is the author of over 10 papers and publications. She has participated in several major international conferences.
In 2012, Marta was awarded a PhD in Global Change and Sustainable Development from Universidad de Alcalá, Madrid, Spain.
The appointment comes at a critical time for the Coalition. With the release of the Natural Capital Protocol, the Coalition’s focus has shifted towards encouraging and supporting the adoption of the Protocol by global business.
The Natural Capital Coalition is a global multi-stakeholder collaboration of leading global initiatives and organisations who work towards harmonizing approaches to natural capital. Natural capital is the world’s stock of natural resources, which includes geology, soils, air, water and all living organisms. Natural capital assets provide people with a wide range of free goods and services, often called ecosystem services, which underpin our economy and society.
Commenting on Dr Santamaria’s appointment, Mark Gough, Executive Director, Natural Capital Coalition said; “We’re delighted that Marta will be joining the Coalition. She brings a wealth of experience which will prove vital as we enter this next stage of the Coalition’s journey.”
Dr Santamaria said about her appointment: “After many years of observing slow but steady progress in the measurement and valuation of natural capital, I believe that the Coalition is in a position to mainstream the discipline, and I’m thrilled to be able to contribute to this crucial endeavour”.
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The Natural Capital Coalition is a unique global multi-stakeholder collaboration that brings together leading global initiatives and organizations to harmonize approaches to natural capital.
The Natural Capital Protocol and Sector Guides are products of the Natural Capital Coalition. The Coalition is a collaboration of the world’s leading organizations from business, accountancy, science and academia, membership organizations, standard setting, finance, policy and conservation, who have come together through a common vision of a world where business conserves and enhances natural capital. The Coalition’s strength comes from this diversity, and from a shared belief that more can be achieved together than alone.
The WBCSD consortium has led the development of the Protocol with Conservation International, The B Team, PwC and Sustain Value leading the technical development; ACTS, Arcadis, eftec, ERM, Imperial College, ISS, Natural Capital Project, Synergiz and WWF developed critical technical elements; and, Accenture, CDSB, Deloitte, Dow, eni, GIST Advisory, Kering, LafargeHolcim, Natura, Nestlé, Roche, Shell, The Nature Conservancy and World Resources Institute provided technical insights and review.
The IUCN consortium has also contributed to the development of the Protocol, developed the accompanying sector guides and managed the business engagement and pilot testing. Trucost led the development of the sector guides on Food and Beverage and Apparel, with technical support from Indicate Advisory Services, The Sustainable Fashion Academy and The Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations. EY carried out the business engagement and University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) managed the pilot testing process. IUCN National Committee of the Netherlands, True Price and VitalMetrics provided technical insights and review.
Work on the Natural Capital Protocol Project has been made possible with generous funding from Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation; IFC with the support of the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Government of Netherlands; The Rockefeller Foundation; United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP); and UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA). The Coalition is hosted by ICAEW.