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Dieter Helm gives evidence in Westminster

NCI’s Daija Angeli summarises Dieter Helm’s progress report today to the Environmental Audit Committee on the work of the Natural Capital Committee.

Advising the Government on climate change proves to be much more straightforward than making recommendations on maintaining our natural capital, said Professor Dieter […]

November 25th, 2014|Categories: Policy|Tags: ,

Valuing our Life Support Systems 2014: Will accountants save the world?

Richard Spencer, head of sustainability at the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, suggested that the accountancy profession might be the ones who will “save the world” by insuring that broader issues than finance are taken into account on balance sheets, at […]

November 17th, 2014|Categories: NCI, NCI event|Tags:

Natural Capital needs relevent stories to be told as well as good science

Sarah Jane Chimbwandira of Surrey Wildlife Trust looks forward to the session hosted by the Surrey Nature Partnership at the Natural Capital Initiative’s Valuing Our Life Support Systems summit. She argues that the messages of Natural Capital thinking must capture people’s imagination before it […]

November 4th, 2014|Categories: NCI, NCI event|

Natural Capital – what would Eugene Odum have made of it?

Professor Des Thompson, Principal Adviser on Biodiversity in Scottish Natural Heritage reflects on the progress made in our understanding of Natural Capital since the early days of understanding how ecosystems function.

Just over sixty years ago a textbook was published which arguably revolutionised our understanding […]

October 8th, 2014|Categories: NCI|

Our environment as a health provider

Ahead of the Natural Capital Initiative summit ‘Valuing our Life Support Systems’ in London this November, Professor Jules Pretty explores the links between our health and the environment.

 

Physical activity improves both mental and physical health, yet each year inactivity results in 1.9 million […]

September 29th, 2014|Categories: NCI|Tags: , ,

Scotland’s Natural Capital Asset Index

Paul Watkinson  – an economist with Scottish Natural Heritage highlights the use of Scotland’s Natural Capital Asset Index. There are presentations on making more use of Natural Capital Asset Indexes at the forthcoming Valuing our Life Support Systems Summit.

 

 

The term ‘natural capital’ is a […]

September 18th, 2014|Categories: NCI|Tags: ,

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

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 […]

September 10th, 2014|Categories: NCI|Tags: ,