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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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Natural capital without boundaries: integrating catchments, coast and the sea

  • October 8th, 2015

There is a need to develop collaborative frameworks that link management of currently ‘separate’ domains such as catchments, coastal zones and open seas (Natural Capital Initiative 2015). An upcoming NCI Dialogue entitled ‘Natural capital without boundaries’ will look at ways to integrating natural capital management of land catchments, coastal […]

Putting the Ecosystem Approach into Practice

  • September 20th, 2015

Next week, the Natural Capital Initiative will be hosting a Dialogue event entitled ‘Putting the Ecosystem Approach into Practice’.  The Dialogue is organised by Kerry Waylen and Kirsty Blackstock, social scientists based at the James Hutton Institute in Aberdeen, who discuss below the background to this event.

The Ecosystem Approach […]

A Word of Caution When Valuing Natural Capital

  • September 7th, 2015

There is now a myriad of methodologies to measure natural capital and ecosystem services – so how do practitioners choose the right one? Charlotte Whitham explains how valuation can be done within the realistic limits on access to time, data, skills and resources, and what this means for decision-making. 

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