Natural capital is the elements of nature that directly or indirectly produce value to people including ecosystems, species, freshwater, land, minerals, air and oceans, as well as natural processes and functions.
The Midlands Engine has natural assets that bring many benefits to our region’s people and businesses. By valuing our Natural Capital we can protect the natural world, our economy and residents.
Protecting and enabling the recovery of our natural world will help avert both the climate crisis and the decline of biodiversity.
The Natural Capital Monitor places a value on our region’s natural assets so that we can better protect them.
The Natural Capital Monitor covers
- Protected Habitats including Sites of Special Scientific Interest, Reserves, and National Parks
- Our region’s rivers and canals
- Ecosystem services for different habitats
- The value of ecosystem services
- Drivers affecting biodiversity on land and at sea
- The decline in national funding for biodiversity
- A natural capital scorecard for the Midlands Engine
- Case studies from across our region where natural capital is being protected