Humans are dependent on goods and services provided by the natural environment, including soils, insect pollinators and water. We use the term natural capital to recognise the importance of nature’s assets and the benefits that flow from them. This gives natural capital equal status in decision-making alongside: manufactured capital (e.g. buildings), human capital (e.g. knowledge), financial capital (e.g. loans) and social capital (e.g. relationships). It is often the combination of natural and other capital that delivers society’s needs.
CEH Natural Capital projects, blogs and news
Land cover information for the whole of the UK
The restoration of Loch Leven in Scotland, work underpinned by 40 years of Centre for Ecology & Hydrology science, has been nominated for a prestigious Natura 2000 award
Lessons from Sub-Saharan Africa
Exploring the non-monetary values of marine ecosystem services in the UK's Celtic Seas