Solo e Biodiversidade

Taking stock: progress in natural capital accounting

Report prepared by the European Commission, published in November 2017

Human life hangs in the delicate balance of natural capital use and protection. Despite its underpinning, pivotal role in providing for society and economy, far less data is systematically gathered on the environment than for economic and social measures of productivity, prosperity, health and wellbeing. There is a pressing need to make sure that the assets and services delivered by natural capital are considered in the economic and planning decisions that put them at risk.

Valuation of ecosystem services is of importance to policymakers, businesses and environmental organisations in that, by quantifying and making explicit the value of the environment in currently existing language: it helps to raise awareness of the benefits; it can target resources for ecosystem protection; and can rationalise the decision-making process.