Natural capital underpins all other types of capital – manufactured, human and social – and is the foundation on which our economy, society, and prosperity is built (reference). Natural capital places a value on these external (overlooked) assets in ways that align with financial accounting.

Natural capital is one of three related concepts that together are increasingly prominent in the way in which we evaluate and communicate the need to sustain the natural environment.

Thriving biodiversity is central to the ecosystem services that we all rely on, and that be quantified as natural capital and supplemented through restoring and creating new habitats as green and blue infrastructure.

Our goal is to integrate these concepts, recognising that biodiversity is essential to all of them, to respond to imperative needs (including social cohesion, a stable climate, and productive land and seas) in ways that are relevant to plans and projects of any scale and location in the UK, and beyond. We use our capacity in environmental economics to develop and apply natural capital accounting processes but ensuring the output adds value, is driven by outcomes, and the needs and context of specific projects is central to our approach.

The triangle demonstrates the essential and central role biodiversity plays in strategic conservation planning

Our approach to Natural Capital & Biodiversity

Our team of environmental and sustainability specialists includes nationally recognised experts in climate and carbon, social value and stakeholder engagement, biodiversity and planning. Working together, with our associates and as part of wider project teams, we deliver impactful projects that deliver tangible benefits for communities and biodiversity, alongside wider ecosystem benefits.

Key Contacts

Jon Riley Divisional Director - Biodiversity
Dr Sarah Cox Divisional Director - Ecology
David Coote Principal Ecologist

Related services

Rewilding & Nature Recovery Biodiversity Assurance Natural Capital Accounting and Ecosystem Services Climate Change & Carbon Management Social Value and Engagement Environmental Net Gain Planning and Design
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