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News analysis: Accounting for nature improvements: Who pays?


As awareness of the concept of natural capital grows, ways of securing long-term investment in projects that can enhance it are being tested. Catherine Early reports from a conference dedicated to securing the financial future of our natural resources

Natural capital – or assets – such as trees, rivers and pollinating insects are well known to benefit people in a variety of ways that include cleaning water, protecting land from flooding and pollinating crops.

Yet it has become clearer in recent years that the benefits provided by nature are undervalued, and therefore not taken into account in our economic systems.

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