News for: Natural capital

Scientists Devise Method for Valuing Soil's Natural Capital

Friday, July 28, 2017

A framework for developing natural capital accounting for soil has been developed by a team of scientists led by the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH).

The framework, published on 27 July, should help countries establish a monitoring and assessment information system for soil that can inform economic, social and environmental policy. 

Water, Infrastructure & Climate Change - National Infrastructure Commission Report

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

The National Infrastructure Commission has assessed the impact of the environment and climate change on future infrastructure. It includes analysis of water quality and water resource impacts, and looks at the prospects for integrating green infrastructure and natural capital into future infrastructure plans.

Partnership Sets Out Natural Capital Vision for Humber Estuary

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

A blueprint for investing in natural capital alongside development to improve the environment, economy and social wellbeing has been devised by the Humber Nature Partnership.

The vision, published in June, calls on businesses and planners to work together to help “rebuild the image of the Humber as a 21st century landscape [to] provide the best environmental settings and the right skills and services to attract high quality investment”. 

EU-funded Online Platform for Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services - Oppla

Monday, June 19, 2017

An online platform developed in the EU which is dedicated to natural capital, ecosystem services and nature-based solutions may soon be going global.

The platform, known as Oppla, was launched in September 2016 by two EU-funded research projects. Since then it has been growing rapidly. Now sixty universities have contributed.

The Rise of Natural Capital Accounting

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Proponents of natural capital claim it could be the answer to the unrelenting decline of nature in the UK that no amount of targets, conventions or agri-environment schemes have arrested.

Natural capital refers to the elements of nature that create benefits for society and is based on accountancy principles: natural capital stocks (such as forests) provide ecosystem services (for example water attenuation) that can be valued in terms of their benefits (such as flood defence) to the economy.

The Role of Natural Capital in Catchment Management

Monday, June 5, 2017

“This is an excerpt from a paper given by Donal Daly, manager of the Catchments Unit at the EPA, at a meeting of the International Association of Hydrogeologists (Irish Chapter) in Tullamore in April 2017. It explores the role of natural capital in catchment management and outlines a framework for ‘catchment services’. The full paper can be downloaded here.

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