VIDEO: Principal specialist on climate change at advisory body chats to BusinessGreen about England's potential for harnessing nature-based solutions to fight climate change
Mike Morecroft is an ecologist at government conservation agency, Natural England, where he leads work on climate change adaptation and mitigation.
As the public body's principle specialise on climate change, he is a scientist who works closely with policy makers and practitioners on a range of issues including carbon storage and sequestration by habitats, nature reserve management and adaptation to climate change. In addition, Morecroft is a lead author on ecosystems for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and has published over 140 scientific papers, reports and book chapters. He also led a research group at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology before joining Natural England in 2009.
Recently, Morecroft led Natural England's year-long study of the ability of England's landscape and natural stores of carbon to help mitigate the country's emissions.
In a wide-ranging chat with BusinessGreen's deputy editor Michael Holder recently, Morecroft set out the challenges and opportunities of restoring natural landscapes and habitats - such as peatlands, seagrass and forests - to help meet climate goas. An edited version of the conversation can be watched in full above.