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: ,

Natural capital accounting and climate change


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 […]

August 26th, 2014|Categories: NCI|Tags:

Accounting for nature


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 […]

July 1st, 2014|Categories: NCI|

Managed Realignment and PES could reverse damage to Wetlands

At NCI’s Natural Capital Summit ‘Valuing our Life Support Systems 2104’ on the 6th & 7th November, there will be a session highlighting positive land and water management case studies. In the run up to the event, Steering Group member Bill Watts asks, why is there a […]

June 17th, 2014|Categories: Policy, Science|