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

Ganges river, India
Outputs of December 2015 Science Workshop
Butterflies by waterfall - ROBIN project
The ROBIN project, coordinated by CEH, provides some answers
Parus major, great tit, on a branch
Potential ecological impacts of changes to nature's calendar
Cameraria orhidella, horse-chestnut leaf-miner moth
Citizen scientists asked to help track spread
Widespread drought-sensitive butterfly population extinctions could occur in the UK as early as 2050
Lumbricus terrestris earthworms up close
Secrets of the earthworm stomach
Valuing our Life Support Systems report cover
Valuing our Life Support Systems report launched
Jet d'eau and Lac Leman in Geneva
Impacts of climate change on freshwater ecosystems
Pair of arctic charr
Process-based understanding of how lakes function, generating knowledge for lake managers
Isle of May puffins from distance
Accurately assessing seabird usage of marine environments