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''Natural capital refers to the elements of nature that produce value (directly and indirectly) to people, such as the stock of forests, rivers, land, minerals and oceans. It includes the living aspects of nature (such as fish stocks) as well as the non-living aspects (such as minerals and energy resources). Natural capital underpins all other types of capital… and is the foundation on which our economy, society and prosperity is built.''
- The Natural Capital Committee

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  • How do we engage farmers in the goal to build natural capital?

How do we engage farmers in the goal to build natural capital?

  • September 10th, 2014

Mary Christie Ecosystems and Climate Change Strategy Manager with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) explains how farmers can use Natural Capital in thinking about their stewardship.


In Scotland, nearly 80% of land is farmed in one way or another[i]. Scotland’s Natural Capital Asset Index – the subject of a future blog […]

  • Natural capital accounting and climate change

Natural capital accounting and climate change

  • August 26th, 2014


Matthew Agarwala outlines the contribution natural capital accounting can make in meeting the challenge of Climate Change.




In a recent article, my co-authors and I made the case for natural capital accounting in both the public and private sectors and called for greater integration between research on climate change and […]

  • Accounting for nature

Accounting for nature

  • July 1st, 2014


Richard Spencer introduces us to some of the dilemmas we face as we begin to account for the value nature has in underpinning economic activity.




We often think of accounting for something as being about turning it into a balance sheet or income statement figure, about putting a price or a monetary value to it. […]

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