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
 

Northern Ireland in Land Cover Map 2007
Land cover information for the whole of the UK
Loch Leven
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
Boat in harbour
Exploring the non-monetary values of marine ecosystem services in the UK's Celtic Seas
Shag seabird
Mark Newell, Isle of May Field Manager, reports on a successful 2017 season for the main study species

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