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Chartered Institution of Water and
Environmental Management (CIWEM)

106-109 Saffron Hill, London, EC1N 8QS  
Tel: 020 7831 3110 Fax: 020 7405 4967
 

Natural Capital

Natural capital is the stock of natural ecosystems that provide long term benefits. The role they play in mitigating and adapting to climate change, as well as improving well being, cannot be overestimated. Quite simply, they are our life support systems. Yet we are eroding and destroying them at a catastrophic rate, to the point where there is real risk that they will soon be degraded such that they are unable to provide this vital service.

CIWEM's work on natural capital is coordinated through its Natural Capital Network.

 

Reports

 

From Microbes to Mountains 

ecosystem2 cover.JPG The terms 'ecosystem services' and 'natural capital' are increasingly used across the environment sector and within policy circles.  However, due to their complexity and relatively recent conception, understanding of their definitions and purpose remains weak. The debate surrounding the adoption of the approach is often reduced to discussions surrounding the highly controversial role of monetary valuation techniques. 

This report provides the background to these 'new' approaches whilst debating the complexity and controversy surrounding their use.

 

Multi-functional Urban Green infrastructure discusses the drivers and barriers to increasing green infrastructure provision in our towns and cities. CIWEM believes that green infrastructure can provide sustainable regenerative solutions for the urban challenges we face now and into the future. This briefing report is aimed at policy-makers and practitioners.

 

Biodiversity and Conservation Policy: Issues and Approaches provides information on the ecosystems approach, habitat fragmentation and invasive non-native species policy.

 

Policy Position Statements 



 
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Chartered Institution of Water and
Environmental Management (CIWEM)

106-109 Saffron Hill, London, EC1N 8QS  
Tel: 020 7831 3110 Fax: 020 7405 4967

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