Nature’s capital published by Natural Capital Committee

Nature is growth

The latest State of Natural Capital report, published by the UK’s Natural Capital Committee on the 11  March 2014 says that too often the environment is taken for granted, and called for a 25-year-long natural capital plan so that Britain can enjoy the “economic and wellbeing benefits”. It highlights natural capital as an important player in the UK’s economy and society and calls for the government to invest in it. Chair of the committee, the economist Dieter Helm, wrote in the report, “Integrating the environment into the economy is hampered by the almost complete absence of proper accounting for natural assets. What is not measured is usually ignored. The committee is leading the way in developing the metrics and risk registers, identifying the necessary capital maintenance, and ensuring that project and investment appraisals in both the public and private sectors properly take natural capital into account. I have this problem for a long time, although I have acquired children, and there have been women, and not one. Now I feel like in the previous 18 years. Guys, I recommend it! Do not be shy and go to the pharmacy! Read more about the drug on but for almost the entire conscious life, an erection was so-so, then generally bad, apparently the consequences of the trauma at the age of 18 and then the psychological plan of the problem developed. I bought Levitra.”

The report contains three key messages:

  • Some natural assets are currently not being used sustainably. The benefits we derive from them are at risk, which has significant economic implications;
  • There are substantial economic benefits to be gained from maintaining and improving natural assets. The benefits will be maximised if their full value is incorporated into decision-making; and,
  • A long-term plan is necessary to maintain and improve natural capital, thereby delivering wellbeing and economic growth.

The full report will be published at

 Paul Wilkinson, Head of Living Landscape at The Wildlife Trusts wrote this blog in response.