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Nathalie Seddon is Professor of Biodiversity in the Department of Zoology. As an official 'friend' of COP26, she is one of around 30 global experts currently advising the UK government on its presidency of the conference.

Professor Seddon is interested in understanding the origins and maintenance of biodiversity and its relationship with global change. She has over 20 years of field research experience in tropical forests and other ecosystems across the globe, including ten years as a University Research Fellow of the Royal Society. She now advises governments, UN agencies and businesses on nature-based solutions to societal challenges.

Her research now focusses on determining the ecological and socioeconomic effectiveness of nature-based solutions, and how best to increase the influence of robust biodiversity and ecosystem science on the design and implementation of climate and development policy.

In 2017, she founded the Nature-based Solutions Initiative, a programme of interdisciplinary research, policy advice, and education aimed at bringing the equitable protection of nature to the centre of the sustainable development agenda.

In a recent interview, Nathalie said: "There is huge value in the natural world, economically and ecologically, and huge risks of ignoring it. We have built our economies as if nature has no value; climate change and pandemics are showing us this not sustainable and that it is now time to repay our vast debt to nature."

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