Natural Capital

Trees and urban green spaces are the prime examples of natural capital

What’s the definition of natural capital?

Natural capital is the stock of natural ecosystems that yields a flow of valuable ecosystem goods or services into the future. It’s the extension of the economic notion of capital to goods and services relating to the natural environment.[1]

Natural capital is an approach to ecosystem valuation, an alternative to the traditional view that all non-human life is a passive natural resource.

Trees and urban green spaces are the prime examples of natural capital – London’s street trees alone have been valued at £4.2bn. This places them on a par with other critical urban infrastructure such as street lighting, footways and street furniture.

Ecologists are teaming up with economists to measure and express values of the wealth of ecosystems, as a way of finding solutions to the biodiversity crisis.

At Treeconomics we have pioneered, in the UK, the use of  the  i-Tree Eco software system that calculates the positive benefits of trees for a city, town or individual tree.  As a result, trees can be valued, such that a planting and maintenance programme can be seen to provide an ROI (return on investment).

The data can be used to justify investment in tree programmes, in carbon offset schemes, or allocation towards meeting government targets. The data can also be used to develop management plans, directing resources toward areas most worthy of investment,

Please contact us to find out how we can assist in valuing your natural capital.