Investing in natural capital

… the economic potential and social benefits of investing in nature…

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The idea of “natural capital” has become key to the idea of restoring nature: 

What is the ‘natural capital approach’ – and will it really be effective in reducing our impact on nature? – Vision Group for Sidmouth

It’s about “valuing our natural resources and the ecosystem services they provide”:

Natural capital: our natural resources – Vision Group for Sidmouth

A new report from the University of Exeter looks at how it might work in the South West:

Levelling up the leading edge: investing in our natural assets for collective wealth

A report produced by Cornwall Council, University of Exeter and Britain’s Leading Edge argues the case for investing in the environment and thinking more creatively about how the abundance of natural assets in peripheral areas like Cornwall should be at the heart of the government’s levelling up agenda

The research paper interviewed members of the Britain’s Leading Edge network, a collaboration of 12 English upper-tier local authorities currently providing a powerful new voice in the regional policy debate. The findings highlight the economic potential and social benefits of investing in nature for peripheral areas, in particular, the positive links between the local economy and nature recovery, with opportunities for upskilling and jobs.

Levelling up the Leading Edge: Investing in our natural assets for collective wealth – Rural Services Network

Investing in nature is key to levelling up rural regions in the UK says new report

Investing in the environment and thinking more creatively about our reserves of “natural capital” should be at the heart of the government’s levelling up agenda, a new report suggests.
Protection and use of environmental assets is key to evening out economic imbalances between metropolitan and rural areas and should play a crucial role in new development opportunities in “left behind” areas in the countryside, the study says.

Professor Jane Wills and Nick Woolgrove, from the University of Exeter’s Environment and Sustainability Institute in Cornwall, interviewed members of the Britain’s Leading Edge network, a collaboration of 12 English upper-tier local authorities providing a powerful new voice in the regional policy debate. In a new policy paper, Levelling Up the Leading Edge, they highlight the economic potential and social benefits of investing in nature for peripheral areas, in particular, the positive links between the local economy and nature recovery, with opportunities for upskilling and jobs. The research also highlights some of the social and ecological advantages of investing in nature, including the impact on resilience and improving the well-being of local communities.

Research news – Investing in nature is key to levelling up rural regions in the UK says new report – University of Exeter

   
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