We work with a range of organisations from private and public sector businesses and NGOs.
Who might use Natural Capital Solutions’ services and why?
Private business: Incorporating ES into company decisions and accounts to enhance longer term value of natural capital, dealing with risk to production or supply chains from environmental and policy change, enhancing reputation in relation to sustainability and corporate social responsibility, reporting to stockholders and investors, ensuring compliance with environmental legislation and being ready for factors that might cause changes to ecosystem service provision in the future, natural capital accounting and investment plans.
We are a member of the Natural Capital Coalition and are now working to help businesses apply the Natural Capital Protocol to ensure that their interactions with nature are incorporated into business decisions.
Public sector and NGO: Conservation and resource management sectors. Management of landholdings/assets, communication of the importance of those assets to stakeholders and why they are important to conserve and manage, informing state of nature and trends reports, developing policy, reacting to policy change, obtaining extra benefits from landholdings for reputation enhancement and public benefits, Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes and natural capital accounting.
Our expertise is relevant to sector specific issues, for example:
Water: Integrated catchment management and the catchment based approach, identifying opportunities for working with natural processes to reduce flood risk, Water Framework Directive and Floods Directive, incorporating ecosystem services into flood and coastal erosion risk management (FCERM), Payments for Ecosystem Services (PES) schemes to enhance water quality.
Urban planning and development: Land use and development planning, masterplanning, green infrastructure planning, Accessible Natural Greenspace Standards (ANGSt), incorporating ecosystem services into Joint Core Strategies and other local policies and plans, assessment of Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS).
Agriculture: Rural land management, Countryside Stewardship scheme targeting, pesticide risk assessment and management, farmer collaboration.
Biodiversity conservation: Biodiversity opportunity mapping, assessing ES provision across Nature Improvement Areas and protected areas, fulfilling requirements of Biodiversity 2020 and EU Biodiversity Strategy to 2020, Natural Capital Investment Plans, habitat and species modelling and mapping.
See case studies of our previous work.