The Adaptation Committee (AC) consists of experts in climate change impacts, science, environmental economics, conservation, public health and business. They provide independent advice to the UK and devolved governments and parliaments on preparing for and adapting to climate change.
Prof Seddon will take up the role on 1 May 2022 for a three-year term, leading the Adaptation Committee’s work on the role of the natural environment and agriculture.
“It is a great honour and privilege to be taking up the role of Natural Environment Lead on the Adaptation Committee, a position once held by the late Dame Georgina Mace. An inspiring colleague and mentor, Georgina was the leading light on the fundamental importance of biodiversity for human wellbeing. I want to ensure that we build on her great work and realise her vision, with a focus on how best to scale up nature-based solutions to address climate change and biodiversity loss in the UK.
I am looking forward to working alongside brilliant colleagues to ensure that the best evidence informs and enables a just transition from where we are now (living in an increasingly climate-vulnerable country with badly degraded natural habitats), to where we need to be (living as part of resilient, biodiverse and flourishing landscapes). The UK has an opportunity and an obligation to make this transition, not only for our own benefit but to inspire other nations to do the same.”
– Professor Nathalie Seddon