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About Natural Capital

‘Natural capital‘ is the world’s stock of natural resources which are essential for people: these include geology, soils, air, water and all living organisms.

These assets provide us with a wide range of goods and services which underpin our economy and communities – ‘ecosystem services‘.

These are the gifts nature gives us.

Examples of ecosystem services are:

  • economic resources we use such as water, timber or food
  • the role plants and trees play in removing pollutants from the atmosphere
  • the contribution habitats in the upper catchment of rivers can make to protecting urban areas downstream from flooding
  • our income from local tourism
  • the health benefits people gain from spending time in the outdoors.


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