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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.