"We use nature because it is valuable. We lose it because it is free."
- Pavan Sukhdev, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity (TEEB)
Because the value of natural capital is hidden from the current economic system, nature is seen as worthless rather than priceless. An international movement for change is taking place, with governments and business leaders now recognising the urgent need to evaluate the costs and benefits of our relationship with nature in order to ensure sustainable development. In Ireland, we too have a role to play in making sure that nature is economically visible, valued and protected.