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.
"We are taking a river ‘catchment first’ approach to protect the environment and support sustainable economic growth. Partnership and collaboration are vital."Kate Rice
Southern Water Catchment Strategy Officer