Category Archives: Natural Capital

further thoughts on the Net Gain consultation

Following on from my general critique of the Net Gain proposals, here are a few specific comments in case anyone is thinking about responding to the consultation before the deadline of the 10th February. 1. On page 6 of the … Continue reading

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Accountancy will not save nature: the problems with “Net Gain”

It’s difficult to believe that while we watch – ok, there are probably only a few of us now hanging on to the bitter end, as most will have given up and gone off to do something more sensible – … Continue reading

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Natural Capital thinking leads us astray

It seemed appropriate that I should take part in a debate about natural capital and wetlands yesterday, on International Biodiversity Day. I was invited (I think) to be the Natural Capital dissident. It was a good debate and I enjoyed … Continue reading

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Earthwatch Natural Capital debate today: Does nature come with a price tag?

It’s going to be the warmest day of the year so far (at least down here) so of course rather than go and enjoy the fantastic nature that a beautiful spring day in Dorset has to offer, I’m getting on … Continue reading

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Pythagoras, Bean Counters and Natural Capital

“have nothing to do with the bean.” We are all familar with Pythagoras who discovered that, for a triangle, the square of the hypotenuse is the sum of the squares of tte opposite sides. What we may not realise is … Continue reading

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It’s new moon: a goat must be sacrificed

Some random musings on natural capital. Sacrifice may have been a way for societies to avoid creating ecological debt. Ecological debt is another way of describing the damage to nature inflicted by human activity. Arguably ecological debt starts when modern … Continue reading

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Natural Capital Day

Monday was Natural Capital day at the Green Alliance. They produced a report called Natural Partners, in which they sought to explain that Natural Capitalists and Nature Conservationists could get along fine, instead of bickering. On the same day, they … Continue reading

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Natural Capital Poll: The Results

Thanks to the 160 people who took part in my poll about natural capital last week. THe results are: 60% of voters agreed that natural capital is one of a number of approaches to take, and believe that a natural … Continue reading

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Natural Capital: The Poll

OK so I’ve had a bit of a rant on things like Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services this week; Now it’s your turn. I know quite a few people in the conservation/environment sector read this blog, so I’m going to … Continue reading

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Ecosystem Services for whom?

Ecosystem Services – the idea that we benefit from goods and services provided for free by nature. To be frank, the phrase is ugly. It’s ugly language to use to describe so much beauty – Nature; the bringer of joy, … Continue reading

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