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

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
Classifies samples and multivariate species data
Updated list of freshwater algae recordings in Britain and Ireland
Working on Loch Leven
The data and infrastructure to improve understanding of ecological processes and environmental change impacts
The Opera House in Lille, the capital of French Flanders
UK and France come together in Lille for international conference
Bee pollinating a clover
A 5-year programme that unites art and science
Cliffs at Ceibwr
200 people will attend the second Natural Capital Initiative summit